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People's Republic of Bangladesh
গণপ্রজাতন্ত্রী বাংলাদেশ
Gônoprojatontri Bangladesh
Flag Coat of arms
AnthemAmar Shonar Bangla
My Golden Bengal

Capital
(and largest city)
Dhaka
23°42′N 90°21′E / 23.7°N 90.35°E / 23.7; 90.35
Official language(s) Bengali
Demonym Bangladeshi
Government Parliamentary republic[1]
 -  President Zillur Rahman
 -  Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed
 -  Speaker Ad.Abdul Hamid
Independence from Pakistan 
 -  Declared March 26, 1971 
 -  Victory Day December 16, 1971 
Area
 -  Total 147,570 km2 (94th)
55,599 sq mi 
 -  Water (%) 7.0
Population
 -  2009 estimate 162,221,000[2] (7th)
 -  Density 1,099.3/km2 (5th)
2,917.6/sq mi
GDP (PPP) 2009 estimate
 -  Total $226.205 billion[3] (48th)
 -  Per capita $1,398[3] (153rd)
GDP (nominal) 2008 estimate
 -  Total $84.196 billion[3] (58th)
 -  Per capita $690[4] (147th)
Gini (2000) 33.4 (medium
HDI (2007) 0.543[5] (medium) (146th)
Currency Taka (BDT)
Time zone BST (UTC+6)
 -  Summer (DST) BDST (UTC+7)
Drives on the left
Internet TLD .bd
Calling code 880
1 Adjusted population, p.4,
.About this sound Bangladesh (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ, pronounced [ˈbaŋlad̪eʃ]; Bangladesh), officially the The People's Republic of Bangladesh (Bengali: গণপ্রজাতন্ত্রী বাংলাদেশ Gônoprojatontri Bangladesh) is a country in South Asia.^ Such a development may have destabilizing implications for Bangladesh, South Asia, and the Islamic world.
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^ Kean University Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies is privileged to sponsor “ Bangladesh 1971: Intolerance, Violence and Genocide”, A study of all but forgotten Massacre of Bengali People.
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It is bordered by India on all sides except for a small border with Burma (Myanmar) to the far southeast and by the Bay of Bengal to the south. Together with the Indian state of West Bengal, it makes up the ethno-linguistic region of Bengal. The name Bangladesh means "Country of Bengal" in the official Bengali language.
The borders of present-day Bangladesh were established with the partition of Bengal and India in 1947, when the region became the eastern wing of the newly formed Pakistan. However, it was separated from the western wing by 1,600 km (994 mi) of Indian territory. Political and linguistic discrimination as well as economic neglect led to popular agitations against West Pakistan, which led to the war for independence in 1971 and the establishment of Bangladesh. After independence the new state endured famines, natural disasters and widespread poverty, as well as political turmoil and military coups. The restoration of democracy in 1991 has been followed by relative calm and economic progress.
Bangladesh is the seventh most populous country and is among the most densely populated countries in the world with a high poverty rate. .However, per-capita (inflation-adjusted) GDP has more than doubled since 1975, and the poverty rate has fallen by 20% since the early 1990s.^ At present Khagendrnath’s age is 55 and Setara Begum’s age is not more than 20/22.
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The country is listed among the "Next Eleven" economies. Dhaka, the capital, and other urban centers have been the driving force behind this growth.[6]
Geographically, the country straddles the fertile Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta and is subject to annual monsoon floods and cyclones. Bangladesh has the longest unbroken sea beach in the world in the Cox's Bazaar. The government is a parliamentary democracy. Bangladesh is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the OIC, SAARC, BIMSTEC, and the D-8. .As the World Bank notes in its July 2005 Country Brief, the country has made significant progress in human development in the areas of literacy, gender parity in schooling and reduction of population growth.^ SHERPUR, July 9 : Oliullah (48), a teacher of Guthail Progressive Kindergarten and School of an area adjacent to the bank of river Jamuna under Islampur upazila of Jamalpur district raped a minority girl, a student of class five inside the class room.
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[7] However, Bangladesh continues to face a number of major challenges, including widespread political and bureaucratic corruption, economic competition relative to the world, serious overpopulation, widespread poverty, and an increasing danger of hydrologic shocks brought on by ecological vulnerability to climate change.

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History

Somapura Mahavihara in Paharpur, Bangladesh is the greatest Buddhist Vihara in the Indian Subcontinent, built by Dharmapala of Bengal.
Sixty Dome Mosque in Mosque city of Bagerhat was built in the 15th century and is the largest historical mosque in Bangladesh, as well as a World Heritage site.
The Shaheed Minar, which commemorates the Bengali Language Movement, is a well known landmark in Bangladesh.
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (3rd person from right), founder of Bangladesh and Maulana Bhashani (4th person from right) in 1953.
Remnants of civilization in the greater Bengal region date back four thousand years,[8] when the region was settled by Dravidian, Tibeto-Burman, and Austro-Asiatic peoples. The exact origin of the word "Bangla" or "Bengal" is unknown, though it is believed to be derived from Bang, the Dravidian-speaking tribe that settled in the area around the year 1000 BC.[9]
The kingdom of Gangaridai was formed from at least the seventh century BC, which later united with Bihar under the Magadha, Nanda, Mauryan and Sunga Empires. Bengal was later part of the Gupta Empire and Harsha Empire from the third to the sixth centuries CE. Following its collapse, a dynamic Bengali named Shashanka founded an impressive yet short-lived kingdom. Shashanka is considered the first independent king in the history of Bangladesh.
After a period of anarchy, the Buddhist Pala dynasty ruled the region for four hundred years, followed by a shorter reign of the Hindu Sena dynasty. Islam was introduced to Bengal in the twelfth century by Arab Muslim merchants and Sufi missionaries, and subsequent Muslim conquests helped spread Islam throughout the region.[10]
Bakhtiar Khilji, a Turkic general, defeated Lakshman Sen of the Sena dynasty and conquered large parts of Bengal in the year 1204. The region was ruled by dynasties of Sultans and land lords Bhuiyan for the next few hundred years. By the 16th century, the Mughal Empire controlled Bengal, and Dhaka became an important provincial centre of Mughal administration.
European traders arrived late in the 15th century, and their influence grew until the British East India Company gained control of Bengal following the Battle of Plassey in 1757.[11] The bloody rebellion of 1857, known as the Sepoy Mutiny, resulted in transfer of authority to the crown, with a British viceroy running the administration.[12] During colonial rule, famine racked the Indian subcontinent many times, including the Great Bengal famine of 1943 that claimed 3 million lives.[13]

20th century

Between 1905 and 1911, an abortive attempt was made to divide the province of Bengal into two zones, with Dhaka being the capital of the eastern zone.[14] When India was partitioned in 1947, Bengal was partitioned along religious lines (for the majority Muslims), with the western part going to India and the eastern part joining Pakistan as a province called East Bengal (later renamed East Pakistan), with its capital at Dhaka.[15]
In 1950, land reform was accomplished in East Bengal with the abolishment of the feudal zamindari system.[16] However, despite the economic and demographic weight of the east, Pakistan's government and military were largely dominated by the upper classes from the west. The Bengali Language Movement of 1952 was the first sign of friction between the two wings of Pakistan.[17]
.Dissatisfaction with the central government over economic and cultural issues continued to rise through the next decade, during which the Awami League emerged as the political voice of the Bengali-speaking population.^ The work of drafting a law was continued during 1996-2001 under Awami League government.
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^ But as a means of political power some leaders of BNP, Awami League and Jatiya Party grabbed the land and set up business institutions there.
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^ In the previous tenure of Awami League, their law minister was also promised to establish the institution during their tenure.
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.It agitated for autonomy in the 1960s, and in 1966, its president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was jailed; he was released in 1969, after an unprecedented popular uprising.^ After the murder of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975, the influential of the area got very active to grab the property of the project.
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In 1970, a massive cyclone devastated the coast of East Pakistan, killing up to half a million people,[18] and the central government responded poorly. .The Bengali population's anger was compounded when Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, whose Awami League won a majority in Parliament in the 1970 elections,[19] was blocked from taking office.^ After the murder of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975, the influential of the area got very active to grab the property of the project.
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After staging compromise talks with Mujib, President Yahya Khan arrested him on the early hours of March 26, 1971, and launched Operation Searchlight,[20] a sustained military assault on East Pakistan. Yahya's methods were extremely bloody, and the violence of the war resulted in many civilian deaths .[21] .Chief targets included intellectuals and Hindus, and about ten million refugees fled to neighbouring India.^ Harimohan as a complainant lodged a case with Banaripara police station against 25-30 unknown persons including mentioning the names of about ten persons.
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[22] Estimates of those massacred throughout the war range from three hundred thousand to 3 million.[23]
Before his arrest by the Pakistan Army, Sk. Mujibur Rahman formally declared the independence of Bangladesh and directed everyone to fight till the last soldier of the Pakistan army was evicted from East Pakistan. Awami League leaders set up a government-in-exile in Calcutta, India. The exile government formally took oath at Mujib Nagar in Kustia district of East Pakistan on April 14, 1971 with Tajuddin Ahmad as the first Prime Minister.
The Bangladesh Liberation War lasted for nine months. The Bangladesh Forces formed within 11 sectors led by General M.A.G. Osmani consisting of Bengali Regulars and Mukti Bahini conducted a massive guerilla war against the Pakistan Forces with all out support from the Indian Armed Forces. Jointly the Mitro Bahini achieved a decisive victory over Pakistan on December 16, 1971, with Indian Armed Forces taking over 90,000 prisoners of war.
Jatiyo Smriti Soudho, a tribute to the martyrs of the Bangladesh Liberation War.
After its independence, Bangladesh became a parliamentary democracy, with Mujib as the Prime Minister. In the 1973 parliamentary elections, the Awami League gained an absolute majority. A nationwide famine occurred during 1973 and 1974,[13] and in early 1975, Mujib initiated a one-party socialist rule with his newly formed BAKSAL. On August 15, 1975, Mujib with most of his family members were assassinated by mid-level military officers.[24] On November 19, 2009, the Supreme Court awarded death penalty to 12 convicts. Five condemned killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman were hanged early on January 28, 2010 at Dhaka Central Jail amid tight security. Apart from the five executed, six are on the run and one died. [25]
.A series of bloody coups and counter-coups in the following three months culminated in the ascent to power of General Ziaur Rahman, who reinstated multi-party politics & founded the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).^ The roughly even political split between the BNP and the AL has given small Islamist parties a political voice isproportionate with their overall electoral support in the country.
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^ But as a means of political power some leaders of BNP, Awami League and Jatiya Party grabbed the land and set up business institutions there.
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Zia's rule ended when he was assassinated in 1981 by elements of the military.[24] Bangladesh's next major ruler was General Hossain Mohammad Ershad, who gained power in a bloodless coup in 1982 and ruled until 1990, when he was forced to resign after a massive revolt of all major political parties and the public, joined with pressure from western donors (which was a major shift in international policy after the end of communism).
Since then, Bangladesh has reverted to a parliamentary democracy. Zia's widow, Khaleda Zia, led the Bangladesh Nationalist Party to parliamentary victory at the general election in 1991 and became the first female Prime Minister in Bangladesh's history. However, the Awami League, headed by Sheikh Hasina, one of Mujib's surviving daughters, clinched power at the next election in 1996 but lost to the Bangladesh Nationalist Party again in 2001.
.On January 11, 2007, following widespread political unrest, a caretaker government was appointed to administer the next general election.^ The current government, appointed in January 2007, replaced a previous caretaker government.
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^ After coming to office on January 11, 2007, the present council of advisors pledged to establish the commission to honour and institute human rights in the country.
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The country had suffered from extensive corruption,[26] disorder and political violence. The new caretaker government has made it a priority to root out corruption from all levels of government. To this end, many notable politicians and officials, along with large numbers of lesser officials and party members, have been arrested on corruption charges. The caretaker government held a fair and free election on December 29, 2008.[27] Awami League's Sheikh Hasina won the elections with a landslide victory and took oath of Prime Minister on January 6, 2009.[28]

Government and politics

Jatiyo Sangshad Bhaban houses the Parliament of Bangladesh.
National symbols of Bangladesh
Anthem Amar Shonar Bangla
Animal Royal Bengal Tiger
Bird Oriental Magpie Robin
Fish Hilsa
Flower White Water Lily
Fruit Jackfruit
Sport Hadudu
Calendar Bengali calendar
Bangladesh is a parliamentary democracy.[29] Direct elections in which all citizens, aged 18 or over, can vote are held every five years for the unicameral parliament known as Jatiya Sangsad. The parliamentary building is known as the Jatiyo Sangshad Bhaban and was designed by architect Louis Kahn. Currently the parliament has 345 members including 45 reserved seats for women, elected from single-member constituencies. .The Prime Minister, as the head of government, forms the cabinet and runs the day-to-day affairs of state.^ Later BNP-led alliance government on December 10, 2001 formed the committee headed by the law minister to examine the prospect of setting up of the commission.
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While the Prime Minister is formally appointed by the President, he or she must be an MP who commands the confidence of the majority of parliament. The President is the head of state but mainly a ceremonial post elected by the parliament.[30]
However the President's powers are substantially expanded during the tenure of a caretaker government, which is responsible for the conduct of elections and transfer of power. .The officers of the caretaker government must be non-partisan and are given three months to complete their task.^ The grieved organizers told the journalists that though the present caretaker government talked about making Bangladesh a non-communal country but the government's cordiality raises question.
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This transitional arrangement is an innovation that was pioneered by Bangladesh in its 1991 election and then institutionalized in 1996 through its 13th constitutional amendment.[31]
The Constitution of Bangladesh was drafted in 1972 and has undergone fourteen amendments.[31] The highest judicial body is the Supreme Court. Justices are appointed by the President. .The judicial and law enforcement institutions are weak.^ The national institutions considered here are all administrative in nature--in the sense that they are neither judicial nor law making.
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[32] Separation of powers, judicial from executive was finally implemented on the 1st of November, 2007. It is expected that this separation will make the judiciary stronger and impartial. Laws are loosely based on English common law, but family laws such as marriage and inheritance are based on religious scripts, and therefore differ between religious communities.
.The two major parties in Bangladesh are the Bangladesh Awami League and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).^ But as a means of political power some leaders of BNP, Awami League and Jatiya Party grabbed the land and set up business institutions there.
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^ Some analysts believe the as yet unscheduled 2007 election in Bangladesh will at least in part be a referendum on the Bangladesh National Party’s (BNP) government and the opposition Awami League’s (AL) competing visions for Bangladesh.
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.BNP is led by Khaleda Zia and finds its allies among Islamist parties like Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh and Islami Oikya Jot, while Sheikh Hasina's Awami League aligns with leftist and secularist parties.^ The roughly even political split between the BNP and the AL has given small Islamist parties a political voice isproportionate with their overall electoral support in the country.
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^ The BNP, by ruling in coalition with Islamist parties, has demonstrated its willingness to work with radical Islamists, while the AL has traditionally been critical of their activities.
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^ But as a means of political power some leaders of BNP, Awami League and Jatiya Party grabbed the land and set up business institutions there.
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Hasina and Zia are bitter rivals who have dominated politics for over 15 years; each is related to one of the leaders of the independence movement. Another important player is the Jatiya Party, headed by former military dictator Ershad. .The Awami League-BNP rivalry has been bitter and punctuated by protests, violence and murder.^ But as a means of political power some leaders of BNP, Awami League and Jatiya Party grabbed the land and set up business institutions there.
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Student politics is particularly strong in Bangladesh, a legacy from the liberation movement era. Almost all parties have highly active student wings, and student leaders have been elected to the Parliament.
.Two radical terrorist organizations, Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) and Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), were banned in February 2005. Several small-scale bomb attacks taking place since 1999 have been blamed on those groups, and dozens of suspected members have been detained in security operations, including the heads of those two parties in 2006. The masterminds were tried and executed.^ This included the emergence of the Jamaat ul-Mujahideen (JMB), a group that promotes a fundamentalist vision for Bangladesh.
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^ Those members of the security forces who have been responsible for such egregious human rights violations should be brought to justice.
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^ But it was alleged that just after lodging the case, an influential group of terrorists are continuously threatening father of Barnali Ghosh and also those who are helping Barnali’s father in conducting the case.
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.The Bangladesh government won praise from world leaders, including Western leaders, for its strong anti-terrorist stance.^ It demonstrates the nature of ongoing state-sponsored violence in Bangladesh, including the torture of critics of the current government.
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^ "The primary responsibility for the protection of the life, liberty and property of all citizens of Bangladesh, including minorities, rests with the Government of Bangladesh," it added.
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.The January 22, 2007 election was postponed indefinitely and emergency law declared in January 11, 2007 as Army backed caretaker government of Fakhruddin Ahmed aimed to prepare a new voter list and crack down on corruption.^ The current government, appointed in January 2007, replaced a previous caretaker government.
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^ After coming to office on January 11, 2007, the present council of advisors pledged to establish the commission to honour and institute human rights in the country.
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^ I call upon the government of Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed to help distribute the relief materials irrespective of caste, creed and religion.
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.They also assisted the interim Government of Bangladesh in a drive against corruption, which resulted in Bangladesh's position in the Transparency International's Corruption Index changed from the very bottom, where they had been for 3 year in a row, to 147th in just 1 year.^ Bangladesh has been under a state of emergency for more than a year, led by an interim government that was not elected and claims to be reform-minded.
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[33]
.A large alliance led by the Bangladesh Awami League won the December 29, 2008 poll, in a landslide victory.^ Later BNP-led alliance government on December 10, 2001 formed the committee headed by the law minister to examine the prospect of setting up of the commission.
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They got 230 seats among 300 seats in the parliament.[34] On 31 July 2009 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expanded the Bangladeshi cabinet to bring the total size to 44.[35]

Foreign policy and military

Bangladesh pursues a moderate foreign policy that places heavy reliance on multinational diplomacy, especially at the United Nations. .In 1974 Bangladesh joined both the Commonwealth of Nations and the United Nations and has since been elected to serve two terms on the Security Council in 1978–1979 and 2000–2001. In the 1980s, Bangladesh played a lead role in founding the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in order to expand relations with other South Asian states.^ Meanwhile, Pranab Mukherjee met Bangladesh Foreign Advisor Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury here on Thursday, ahead of a two-day meeting of Foreign Ministers from countries in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)-group.
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^ We the members of HRCBM, a human rights organization, an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations, have no other aspiration or interest, political or any sort.
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^ Islamist Extremism in Bangladesh (CRS Report for Congress) Bruce Vaughn, Specialist in Southeast and South Asian Affairs Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade .
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Since the founding of SAARC 1985, a Bangladeshi has held the post of Secretary General on two occasions.
Bangladesh's most important and complex foreign relationships are with India. These relationships are informed by historical and cultural ties and form an important part of the domestic political discourse.
Bangladesh's relationship with India began on a positive note because of India's assistance in the independence war and reconstruction. Throughout the years, relations between both countries have fluctuated for a number of reasons. A major source of tension between Bangladesh and India is the Farakka Dam.[36] In 1975, India constructed a dam on the Ganges River 11 miles (18 km) from the Bangladeshi border. Bangladesh alleges that the dam diverts much needed water from Bangladesh and adds a man-made disaster to the country already plagued by natural disasters. The dam also has terrible ecological consequences.[36] .On the other hand, India has voiced concerns about anti-Indian separatists and Islamic militants allegedly being harboured across their 2,500-mile (4,000 km) border, as well as the flow of illegal migrants, and is building a fence along most of it.^ But Delhi had shown its displeasure by summoning Malaysia’s acting High Commissioner to the Foreign Office and telling him about the "widespread concern" in India about the fate of ethnic Indians in that country.
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^ NEW DELHI: In a statement that echoes India’s recently-expressed "concern" over the state of ethnic Tamils in Malaysia, the government on Thursday told Parliament that it kept close tabs on the well-being of Hindus in Bangladesh.
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^ On the other hand, Rugu Kundu along with his wife and daughter is not getting able to stay at their home at night for the harassment of the hired terrorists of Joynal Hazi.
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[37] But at the 2007 SAARC meeting both nations pledged to work cooperatively on security, economic and border issues.[38]
The current strength of the army is around 200,000 including reservists,[39] the air force 22,000,[40] and navy 14,950.[41] In addition to traditional defense roles, the military has been called on to provide support to civil authorities for disaster relief and internal security during periods of political unrest. .Bangladesh is not currently active in any ongoing war, but it did contribute 2,300 troops to the coalition that fought in Operation Desert Storm in 1991 and Bangladesh is consistently a top contributor to UN peacekeeping forces around the world.^ It demonstrates the nature of ongoing state-sponsored violence in Bangladesh, including the torture of critics of the current government.
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As of May 2007, Bangladesh had major deployments in Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sudan, Timor-Leste and Côte d'Ivoire.[42]. Presently Bangladesh is the 2nd largest troop contributor country to the UN.[43]
.Bangladesh enjoys relatively warm ties with the People's Republic of China which has, particularly in the past decade, increased economic cooperation with the South Asian nation.^ Meanwhile, Pranab Mukherjee met Bangladesh Foreign Advisor Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury here on Thursday, ahead of a two-day meeting of Foreign Ministers from countries in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)-group.
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^ Islamist Extremism in Bangladesh (CRS Report for Congress) Bruce Vaughn, Specialist in Southeast and South Asian Affairs Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade .
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Between 2006 and 2007, trade between the two nations rose by 28.5% and there have been agreements to grant various Bangladeshi commodities tariff-free access to the Chinese market. Cooperation between the Military of Bangladesh and the People's Liberation Army is also increasing, with joint military agreements signed and Bangladesh procuring Chinese arms which range from small arms to large naval surface combatants such as the Chinese Type 053H1 Missile Frigate.

Divisions, districts, and upazilas

Administrative divisions of Bangladesh. This map shows the highest level unit called a Division.
Bangladesh is divided into seven administrative divisions,[44][45] each named after their respective divisional headquarters: Barisal (বরিশাল), Chittagong (চট্টগ্রাম), Dhaka (ঢাকা), Khulna (খুলনা), Rajshahi (রাজশাহী), Sylhet (সিলেট), and Rangpur (রংপুর).
Divisions are subdivided into districts (zila). .There are 64 districts in Bangladesh, each further subdivided into upazila (subdistricts) or thana.^ TARASH (SIRAJGANJ), August 5 : A minority family in Tarash upazila of Sirajganj district got into trouble after they lodged a case with the court in connection with the rape incident of their daughter.
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.The area within each police station, except for those in metropolitan areas, is divided into several unions, with each union consisting of multiple villages.^ He hailed from village Dogerchar under Kachua police station of Chadpur district.
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^ The complainant also told that police rescued the victim from village Srirampur of Badalgachi area of Naogaon district on September 6, 2006 and kept her in a safe home of the city.
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In the metropolitan areas, police stations are divided into wards, which are further divided into mahallas. .There are no elected officials at the divisional, district or upazila levels, and the administration is composed only of government officials.^ Suranjan Areng, chairman of Kalkamanda Upazila Tribal Welfare Association in this connection told that many meetings were held for this portion of land but there was no result.
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^ Zia Choudhury also claimed the property of Bichitra Howladar in the same way.Bichitra Howladar in this connection complained to the upazila administration but there was no result.
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^ On duty police officials told that there could be no problem if the organizers hold the meeting with government's permission.
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.Direct elections are held for each union (or ward), electing a chairperson and a number of members.^ An influential Union Parishad member of ward no.8 has grabbed about 26.05 acres of land of their Sri Sri Gobinda Zeu Thakur Temple.
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In 1997, a parliamentary act was passed to reserve three seats (out of twelve) in every union for female candidates[46].
Dhaka is the capital and largest city of Bangladesh. Other major cities include Chittagong, Khulna, Rajshahi, Sylhet, Barisal, Bogra, Comilla, Mymensingh and Rangpur. These cities have mayoral elections, while other municipalities elect a chairperson. Mayors and chairpersons are elected for a span of five years.
City City population (2008 estimate)[47] Metro population (2008 estimate)[47]
Dhaka 7,000,940 12,797,394
Chittagong 2,579,107 3,858,093
Khulna 855,650 1,388,425
Rajshahi 472,775 775,495
Sylhet 463,198 -
Barisal 210,374 -
Rangpur 251,699 -

Geography and climate

Satellite image presenting physical features of Bangladesh
Dead corals at St. Martin's Island
Panorama of Cox's Bazar in the early morning: clouds on a blue sky, still water and forest in the distance
Sun rise in Kuakata
Bangladesh is in the low-lying GangesBrahmaputra River Delta or Ganges Delta. This delta is formed by the confluence of the Ganges (local name Padma or Pôdda), Brahmaputra (Jamuna or Jomuna), and Meghna rivers and their respective tributaries. The Ganges unites with the Jamuna (main channel of the Brahmaputra) and later joins the Meghna to eventually empty into the Bay of Bengal. The alluvial soil deposited by these rivers has created some of the most fertile plains in the world. Bangladesh has 58 trans-boundary rivers, making water issues politically complicated to resolve – in most cases as the lower riparian state to India.[48] Most parts of Bangladesh are less than 12 m (39.4 ft) above the sea level, and it is believed that about 50% of the land would be flooded if the sea level were to rise by 1 m (3.28 ft).[49]
In south east Bangladesh experiments have been done since the sixties to 'build with nature'. By implementing cross dams, the natural accretion of silt has created new land. With Dutch funding, the Bangladeshi government began to help develop this new land in the late 1970s. The effort has since become a multiagency operation building roads, culverts, embankments, cyclone shelters, toilets and ponds, as well as distributing land to settlers. By fall 2010, the program will have allotted some 27,000 acres (10,927 ha) to 21,000 families.[50]
The highest point in Bangladesh is in Mowdok range at 1,052 m (3,451 ft) in the Chittagong Hill Tracts to the southeast of the country.[51]
Straddling the Tropic of Cancer, Bangladeshi climate is tropical with a mild winter from October to March, a hot, humid summer from March to June. A warm and humid monsoon season lasts from June to October and supplies most of the country's rainfall. Natural calamities, such as floods, tropical cyclones, tornadoes, and tidal bores occur almost every year,[52] combined with the effects of deforestation, soil degradation and erosion. Cox's Bazar, south of the city of Chittagong, has a beach that stretches uninterrupted over 120 kilometres (75 mi).
In September 1998, Bangladesh saw the most severe flooding in modern world history. As the Brahmaputra, Ganges and Meghna spilt over and swallowed 300,000 houses, 9,700 kilometres (6,027 mi) of road and 2,700 kilometres (1,678 mi) of embankment 1,000 people were killed and 30 million more were made homeless with 135,000 cattle killed, 50 square kilometres (19.3 sq mi) of land destroyed and 11,000 kilometres (6,835 mi) of roads damaged or destroyed. Two-thirds of the country was underwater. There were several reasons for the severity of the flooding. Firstly, there were unusually high monsoon rains. Secondly, the Himalayas shed off an equally unusually high amount of melt water that year. Thirdly, trees that usually would have intercept rain water had been cut down for firewood or to make space for animals.[53]
Bangladesh is now widely recognized to be one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change. Natural hazards that come from increased rainfall, rising sea levels, and tropical cyclones are expected to increase as climate change, each seriously affecting agriculture, water & food security, human health and shelter.[54] It is believed that in the coming decades the rising sea level alone will create more than 20 million[55] climate refugees.[56]

Flora and fauna

Royal Bengal Tiger.
A major part of the coastline comprises a marshy jungle, the Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world and home to diverse flora and fauna, including the Royal Bengal Tiger. In 1997, this region was declared endangered.[57] The Magpie Robin is the National Bird of Bangladesh and it is common and known as the Doyel or Doel (Bengali: দোয়েল). It is a widely used symbol in Bangladesh, appearing on currency notes and a landmark in the city of Dhaka is named as the Doyel Chatwar (meaning: Doyel Square).The national flower of the country is water lily and the national fruit is jackfruit.

Economy

Worker in a paddy field – a common scene throughout Bangladesh. Two thirds of the population works in the agricultural sector.
Despite continuous domestic and international efforts to improve economic and demographic prospects, Bangladesh remains a developing nation.[58] Its per capita income in 2008 was US$520 compared to the world average of $10,200.[45]
Jute was once the economic engine of the country. Its share of the world export market peaked in the Second World War and the late 1940s at 80%[59] and even in the early 1970s accounted for 70% of its export earnings. However, polypropylene products began to substitute for jute products worldwide and the jute industry started to decline. Bangladesh grows very significant quantities of rice (chaul), tea (Cha) and mustard.
Although two-thirds of Bangladeshis are farmers, more than three quarters of Bangladesh’s export earnings come from the garment industry,[60] which began attracting foreign investors in the 1980s due to cheap labour and low conversion cost. In 2002, the industry exported US$5 billion worth of products.[61] The industry now employs more than 3 million workers, 90% of whom are women.[62] A large part of foreign currency earnings also comes from the remittances sent by expatriates living in other countries.
Bashundhara City, the largest shopping mall in South Asia
Jamuna Bridge: one of the longest bridges in the world.
Obstacles to growth include frequent cyclones and floods, inefficient state-owned enterprises, mismanaged port facilities, a growth in the labour force that has outpaced jobs, inefficient use of energy resources (such as natural gas), insufficient power supplies, slow implementation of economic reforms, political infighting and corruption. According to the World Bank, "among Bangladesh’s most significant obstacles to growth are poor governance and weak public institutions."[7]
Despite these hurdles, the country has achieved an average annual growth rate of 5% since 1990, according to the World Bank. Bangladesh has seen expansion of its middle class, and its consumer industry has also grown. In December 2005, four years after its report on the emerging "BRIC" economies (Brazil, Russia, India, and China), Goldman Sachs named Bangladesh one of the "Next Eleven,"[63] along with Egypt, Indonesia, Vietnam and seven other countries. Bangladesh has seen a dramatic increase in foreign direct investment.
A number of multinational corporations and local big business houses such as Beximco, Square, Akij Group, Ispahani, Navana Group, Transcom Group, Habib Group, KDS Group and multinationals such as Unocal Corporation and Chevron, have made major investments, with the natural gas sector being a priority. In December 2005, the Central Bank of Bangladesh projected GDP growth around 6.5%.[64]
One significant contributor to the development of the economy has been the widespread propagation of microcredit by Muhammad Yunus (awarded the Nobel peace prize in 2006) through the Grameen Bank. By the late 1990s, Grameen Bank had 2.3 million members, along with 2.5 million members of other similar organisations.[65]
In order to enhance economic growth, the government set up several export processing zones to attract foreign investment. These are managed by the Bangladesh Export Processing Zone Authority.

Demographics

Languages of Bangladesh map.svg
A Mande woman on Adivasi day
Recent (2005–2007) estimates of Bangladesh's population range from 142 to 159 million, making it the 7th most populous nation in the world. With a land area of 144,000 square kilometers, ranked 94th, the population density is remarkable. A striking comparison is offered by the fact that Russia's population is slightly smaller even though Russia has a land area of 17.5 million square kilometers, at least 120 times bigger than Bangladesh.
Bangladesh has the highest population density in the world, excluding a handful of city-states and small countries such as Bahrain.[66] Bangladesh's population growth was among the highest in the world in the 1960s and 1970s, when the country grew from 50 to 90 million, but with the promotion of birth control in the 1980s, the growth rate slowed. The population is relatively young, with the 0–25 age group comprising 60%, while 3% are 65 or older. Life expectancy is 63 years for both males and females.[67]
The majority ethnic group of Bangladesh are the Bengali people, comprising 98% of the population.[68] The remainder are mostly Bihari migrants and indigenous tribal groups. There are thirteen tribal groups located in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, the most populous of the tribes are the Chakmas. The region has been a source of ethnic tension since the inception of Bangladesh.[69]
The largest tribal groups outside the Hill Tracts are the Santhals and the Garos (Achiks). There are also Kaibartta, Meitei, Mundas, Oraons, and Zomi ethnic groups. Human trafficking has been a lingering problem in Bangladesh[70] and illegal immigration has remained a cause of friction with Burma[71] and India.[72]
The official and most widely used language in Bangladesh, as in West Bengal, is Bengali or Bangla,[73] an Indo-Aryan language of Sanskrit origin with its own script. English is used as second language among the middle and upper classes[74] and in higher education. Since a President Order in 1987, Bengali is used for all official correspondence except those that are to foreign recipients.[74]
Health and education levels have recently improved as poverty levels have decreased. Most Bangladeshis are rural, living on subsistence farming. Health problems abound, ranging from surface water contamination, to arsenic contamination of groundwater,[75] and diseases including malaria, leptospirosis and dengue. The literacy rate in Bangladesh is approximately 41%.[76] There is gender disparity, though, as literacy rates are 50% among men and 31% among women, according to a 2004 UNICEF estimate.[77] Literacy has gone up due to many programmes introduced in the country. Among the most successful ones are the Food for education (FFE) programme introduced in 1993,[78] and a stipend programme for women at the primary and secondary levels.[79]
Religion in Bangladesh
Religion Percent
Islam
  
89.7%
Hinduism
  
9.2%
Buddhism
  
0.7%
Christianity
  
0.3%
Animism
  
0.1%

Religion

The major religion practiced in Bangladesh is Islam (89.7%) and a sizable minority adheres to Hinduism (9.2%).[80] About 97% of the Muslims are Sunni while over 3% are Shi'a. Ethnic Biharis are predominantly Shia Muslims. Other religious groups include Buddhists (0.7%, mostly Theravada), Christians (0.3%, mostly of the Roman Catholic denomination), and Animists (0.1%).
Bangladesh ranks fourth after Indonesia, Pakistan, and India by the number of Muslims, with over 130 million. Islam is the state religion of Bangladesh, but other religions may also be practiced in harmony.[81] The United Nations has recognised the country mainly as a moderate Muslim democratic country.[82][83]

Culture

Bangladeshi artists performing a traditional dance.
Reflecting the long history of the region, Bangladesh has a culture that encompasses elements both old and new. The Bengali language boasts a rich literary heritage, which Bangladesh shares with the Indian state of West Bengal. The earliest literary text in Bengali is the 8th century Charyapada. Medieval Bengali literature was often either religious (e.g. Chandidas), or adapted from other languages (e.g. Alaol). Bengali literature reached its full expression in the nineteenth century, with its greatest icons being poets Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam. Bangladesh also has a long tradition in folk literature, for example Maimansingha Gitika, Thakurmar Jhuli and stories related to Gopal Bhar.
The musical tradition of Bangladesh is lyrics-based (Baniprodhan), with minimal instrumental accompaniment. The Baul tradition is a unique heritage of Bangla folk music, and there are numerous other musical traditions in Bangladesh, varying from one region to region. Gombhira, Bhatiali, Bhawaiya are a few of the better-known musical forms. Folk music of Bengal is often accompanied by the ektara, an instrument with only one string. Other instruments include the dotara, dhol, flute, and tabla. Bangladesh also has an active heritage in North Indian classical music. Similarly, Bangladeshi dance forms draw from folk traditions, especially those of the tribal groups, as well as the broader Indian dance tradition.[84]
Celebrations of the Pohela Baishakh at Dhaka.
Bangladesh produces about 80 films a year.[85] Mainstream Hindi films are also quite popular.[86] Around 200 daily newspapers are published in Bangladesh, along with more than 1800 periodicals. However, regular readership is low at just under 15% of the population.[87] Bangladeshis listen to a variety of local and national radio programmes from Bangladesh Betar, as well as four Private FM radio channels (Radio Foorti, ABC Radio, Radio Today, Radio Amar) popularity to the younger generation is growing rapidly at the important cities. Also, there is Bangla services of Radio from the BBC and Voice of America. The dominant television channel is the state-controlled Bangladesh Television, but in the last few years, privately owned channels have developed considerably.
The culinary tradition of Bangladesh has close relations to Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine as well as having its own unique traits. Rice, and curry are traditional favourites. Bangladeshis make distinctive sweetmeats from milk products, some common ones being Rôshogolla, chômchôm and kalojam.
The sari (shaŗi) is by far the most widely worn dress by Bangladeshi women. Dhaka in particular is renowned for producing saris from exquisite Jamdani muslin. The salwar kameez (shaloar kamiz) is also quite popular, and in urban areas some women wear Western attire. Among men, Western attire is more widely adopted. Men also wear the kurta-paejama combination, often on religious occasions, and the lungi, a kind of long skirt.
The two Eids, Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Adha are the largest festivals in the Islamic calendar. The day before Eid ul-Fitr is called Chãd Rat (the night of the moon), often celebrated with firecrackers. Other Muslim holidays are also observed. Major Hindu festivals are Durga Puja, Kali puja and Saraswati Puja. Buddha Purnima, which marks the birth of Gautama Buddha, is one of the most important Buddhist festivals while Christmas, called Bôŗodin (Great day) in Bangla is celebrated by the minority Christian population. The most important secular festival is Pohela Baishakh or Bengali New Year, the beginning of the Bengali calendar. Other festivities include Nobanno, Poush parbon (festival of Poush) and observance of national days like Shohid Dibosh.

Sports

Bangladesh team is returning to the dressing room at the Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka.
Kabbadi is the national game of Bangladesh. Cricket and Football are more popular, with Cricket being the most popular sport in Bangladesh closely followed by Football. The Bangladesh national cricket team won the ICC Trophy in 1997 against Kenya which enabled them to participate in the 1999 Cricket World Cup. In their very first World Cup, Bangladesh beat Pakistan and Scotland in the first round. In 2000, the Bangladesh national cricket team was granted Test cricket status and became eligible to play other test playing nations. At various times Bangladesh has beaten Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and West Indies; more importantly Bangladesh beat India national cricket team and South Africa national cricket team in 2007 Cricket World Cup.They have also beaten West Indies in 2007 ICC World Twenty20. In July 2009 Bangladesh Cricket Team secured only its second Test Series win against West Indies.[88] The first one was against Zimbabwe Cricket Team in the 2004–2005 season. Other popular sports include field hockey, tennis, badminton, handball, volleyball, chess, shooting and carrom games. The Bangladesh Sports Control Board regulates twenty-nine different sporting federations. In 2011, Bangladesh is going to host the ICC Cricket World Cup jointly with India and Sri Lanka.

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Capital Dhaka (Dacca)
Government Parliamentary democracy (under martial law since January 2007)
Currency taka (BDT)
Area 147,570 km2
Population 147,365,352 (July 2006 est.)
Language Bangla (official, also known as Bengali), English
Religion Muslim 87%, Hindu 11%, other 1%
Electricity 220V/50Hz
Calling Code +880
Internet TLD .bd
Time Zone UTC +6
.Bangladesh [1] is in South Asia sometimes converging with Southeast Asia, bordering the Bay of Bengal to the south, mostly surrounded by India and bordering Myanmar in the southeast.^ It is bordered by India on all sides except for a small border with Burma to the far southeast and by the Bay of Bengal to the south.
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^ Bangladesh straddles the Bay of Bengal in south Asia.
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^ Located in South Asia, it is virtually surrounded by India and the Bay of Bengal to the south.
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.British India was partitioned by joint leaders of the Congress, All India-Moslem League and Britain in the summer of 1947, creating the commonwealth realms of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and a Republic of India.^ In 1947, West Pakistan and East Bengal (both primarily Muslim) separated from India (largely Hindu) and jointly became the new country of Pakistan.
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^ The borders of present-day Bangladesh were established with the partition of Bengal and India in 1947, when the region became the eastern wing of the newly formed Pakistan.
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^ In 1947, Britain, in conjunction with India's leading indigenous political organizations, partitioned the Indian colony into India and Pakistan.
  • Culture of Bangladesh - History and ethnic relations, Urbanism, architecture, and the use of space 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Bangladesh came into existence in 1972 when Bengali-speaking East Pakistan seceded from its union with Punjabi dominated West Pakistan after a 9 month bloody war.^ East Pakistan seceded from its union with West Pakistan in 1971 and was renamed Bangladesh.
  • Bangladesh Facts 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.tet.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In 1947, West Pakistan and East Bengal (both primarily Muslim) separated from India (largely Hindu) and jointly became the new country of Pakistan.
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^ Europeans began to set up trading posts in the area of Bangladesh in the 16th century; eventually the British came to dominate the region and it became part of British India.
  • Bangladesh Facts 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.tet.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Although Bangladesh only emerged as an independent country in 1972, its history stretches back thousands of years and it has long been known as a crossroads of history and culture.^ Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) : Starting in late 70s as a small nontraditional sector of export, Ready-made Garment (RMG) emerged as a promising export earning sector of the country by the year 1983.
  • Bangladesh Apparel Fashion and Textiles 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.apparelsearch.com [Source type: General]

^ The history of Bangladesh is related to that of the larger area of Bengal, which became independent of Delhi by 1341.
  • Bangladesh News - Breaking World Bangladesh News - The New York Times 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC topics.nytimes.com [Source type: News]
  • Bangladesh News - Breaking World Bangladesh News - The New York Times 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC topics.nytimes.com [Source type: News]

^ We are very well known brand for 30 years in Bangladesh.
  • bangladesh business directory 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.b2bprofile.com [Source type: General]

.Here you will find the world's longest sea beach, countless mosques, the largest mangrove forest in the world, interesting tribal villages and a wealth of elusive wild life.^ Bangladesh is also home to the largest mangrove forest in the world called the Sundarbans .
  • Bangladesh - Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC uncyclopedia.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ But it proudly preserves the longest continuous beach in the world named Cox's Bazaar , which includes a large museum called Bizarre Cocks.
  • Bangladesh - Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC uncyclopedia.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

.Above all else you'll encounter a very friendly and hospitable people.^ All these people will live behind the big walls, in “golden ghettoes” with private hospitals, private schools.
  • POLLUTED KAMANA SAGAR, BARUNI and MATUA MOBILISATION, MAMATA`S COMMUNIST MANIFESTO and MARXIST DALIT AGENDA 18 September 2009 5:51 UTC palashkatha.mywebdunia.com [Source type: Original source]

.Ready-made garments, textiles, pharmaceuticals, agricultural goods, Ship building and fishing are some of the largest industries.^ Ready made garments which includes sweaters.
  • bangladesh business directory 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.b2bprofile.com [Source type: General]

^ Please inform us the requirements of your ready-made garments along with the specs & sketches.
  • bangladesh business directory 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.b2bprofile.com [Source type: General]

^ Mutual Impex Textiles bd : they are a new generation ready made garment manufacturer and exporter in Bangladesh.
  • Bangladesh Apparel Fashion and Textiles 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.apparelsearch.com [Source type: General]

.The gap between rich and poor is increasingly obvious,as in the rest of Asia, especially in cities such as Dhaka and Chittagong as you move around between the working class old city and affluent neighborhoods like Gulshan and Baridhara.^ Each student will present their work to the rest of the class.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.uni.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ We untied them ourselves to move around the city.

^ You can also get crazy matches between siblings (like "Sheikh Abu Taher Muhammad Musa" and "Sheikh Abul Hayat Muhammad Isa") just for kicks.
  • Bangladesh - Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC uncyclopedia.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

Climate

.Bangladesh has a tropical monsoon climate.^ Bangladesh has a tropical climate, but because of all the damage done to the environment it has the following six seasons: .
  • Bangladesh - Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC uncyclopedia.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

.There are four seasons in a year; Winter (Dec-Feb), Summer (Mar-May), Monsoon (June-Sep) and Autumn (Oct-Nov).^ Typically overloaded and top-heavy, ferries do capsize, particularly during the monsoon season from May to October and during unexpected thunderstorms or windstorms.

^ About half the total area is actively deltaic and is prone to flooding in the monsoon season from May through September.
  • Culture of Bangladesh - History and ethnic relations, Urbanism, architecture, and the use of space 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ A four-year degree may actually require five to eight years to complete due to frequent university closings.
  • Culture of Bangladesh - History and ethnic relations, Urbanism, architecture, and the use of space 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The average temperature across the country usually ranges between 9 C - 29 C in winter months and between 21 C - 34 C during summer months.^ A Bangladeshi court has sentenced 21 Islamic militants to death for their roles in a series of bomb attacks across the country six months ago, according to a government official.
  • Bangladesh: News & Videos about Bangladesh - CNN.com 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ Between ages five and ten, boys undergo a circumcision ( musulmani ), usually during the cool months.
  • Culture of Bangladesh - History and ethnic relations, Urbanism, architecture, and the use of space 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Annual rainfall varies from 160 cm to 200 cm in the west, 200 cm to 400 cm in the south-east and 250 cm to 400 cm in the north-east.^ The mosquito-borne disease Japanese encephalitis is found throughout many regions of North, South and South-East Asia and Papua New Guinea.
  • Travel Advice for Bangladesh - Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.smartraveller.gov.au [Source type: News]

^ The Palas In the latter half of the 8th Century CE, while the Pratihars were rising to power in the west and the Rashtrakutas had emerged in the south, the family of Palas came to dominate the east.
  • POLLUTED KAMANA SAGAR, BARUNI and MATUA MOBILISATION, MAMATA`S COMMUNIST MANIFESTO and MARXIST DALIT AGENDA 18 September 2009 5:51 UTC palashkatha.mywebdunia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Bangladesh borders on the Bay of Bengal in the south; on the Indian states of West Bengal in the west and north, Assam and Meghalaya in the northeast, and Tripura and Mizoram in the east; and on Myanmar in the southeast.
  • Bangladesh News - Breaking World Bangladesh News - The New York Times 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC topics.nytimes.com [Source type: News]
  • Bangladesh News - Breaking World Bangladesh News - The New York Times 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC topics.nytimes.com [Source type: News]

.Cyclones above category three/four are uncommon (especially in the deep winter January through March)-- but while rare, can still bring widespread disruption as expected to infrastructure and power outages, especially in the coastal areas.^ An extremely strong cyclone in April, 1991, killed more than 138,000 and devastated coastal areas, especially in the southeast.
  • Bangladesh News - Breaking World Bangladesh News - The New York Times 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC topics.nytimes.com [Source type: News]
  • Bangladesh News - Breaking World Bangladesh News - The New York Times 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC topics.nytimes.com [Source type: News]

^ A barhi in rural areas is composed of three or four houses which face each other to form a square courtyard in which common tasks are done.
  • Culture of Bangladesh - History and ethnic relations, Urbanism, architecture, and the use of space 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

The weather pattern is akin to the Gulf Coast in the United States (Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana).
The current weather can be seen by hitting the 'play' button on the following interactive map, Current Bangladesh Satellite Weather Radar [2]

Landscape

.The country is primarily a low-lying plain of about 144,000 km2, situated on deltas of large rivers flowing from the Himalayas: the Ganges unites with the Jamuna (main channel of the Brahmaputra) and later joins the Meghna to eventually empty into the Bay of Bengal.^ The Ganges/Padma River flows into the country from the northwest, while the Brahmaputra/ Jamuna enters from the north.
  • Culture of Bangladesh - History and ethnic relations, Urbanism, architecture, and the use of space 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Transporting straw on the Ganges River Delta.
  • Culture of Bangladesh - History and ethnic relations, Urbanism, architecture, and the use of space 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ A humid, low-lying, alluvial region, Bangladesh is composed mainly of the great combined delta of the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna rivers.
  • Bangladesh News - Breaking World Bangladesh News - The New York Times 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC topics.nytimes.com [Source type: News]
  • Bangladesh News - Breaking World Bangladesh News - The New York Times 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC topics.nytimes.com [Source type: News]

.It’s fertile and mostly flat farmland and, with the exception of Chittagong Hill Tracts, rarely exceeds 10 meters above sea level, making it dangerously susceptible to a rise in sea level.^ Tribesmen of the Chittagong Hill Tracts, 1958.
  • Culture of Bangladesh - History and ethnic relations, Urbanism, architecture, and the use of space 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ An outbreak of meningococcal meningitis was reported in February 2009 from the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh.
  • MD Travel Health - Bangladesh - vaccinations, malaria, safety, and other medical advice 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.mdtravelhealth.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ (Wired, 2/98, p.67) 1996 Sep 11, Shanti Bahini guerrillas killed 30 Bengali-speaking settlers in the southeastern Chittagong Hill Tracts.
  • Timeline Bangladesh 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC timelines.ws [Source type: News]

Highest point: Bijoy (1,231 meters).
.
Ramadan dates
  • 2010 (1431): Aug 11 - Sep 9
  • 2011 (1432): Aug 1 - Aug 29
  • 2012 (1433): Jul 20 - Aug 18
.The festival of Eid ul-Fitr is held after the end of Ramadan and may last several days.^ A two-day national program was held on this grand occasion in Chittagong, Bangladesh on 17th May, Sunday, 2009.
  • Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio & Communication (BNNRC) 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC bnnrc.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ If the strike lasts 30 days or longer, the government may prohibit it and refer the dispute to the labor court for adjudication, although this had not happened in recent years.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

^ If the strike lasts 30 days or longer, the government may prohibit it and refer the dispute to the labor court for adjudication, although this has not happened in recent years.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

Exact dates depend on astronomical observations and may vary from country to country.
  • Pohela Boishakh - The most widely celebrated secular national festival of the country.^ The National Monument in Savar, a wide-based spire that becomes narrower as it rises, is the symbol of the country's liberation.
    • Culture of Bangladesh - History and ethnic relations, Urbanism, architecture, and the use of space 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Bangladeshi Hindus pay particular attention to the female goddess Durga, and rituals devoted to her are among the most widely celebrated.
    • Culture of Bangladesh - History and ethnic relations, Urbanism, architecture, and the use of space 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Here people from all walks of life participate in various cultural shows called Boishakhi Mela,wearing national dress (kurta or Shari), eating sweets and wishing every one happy new year.
  • Ekushey - National Mother Language Day - February 21. This day marks the anniversary of the martyrs that died in 1952 while protesting the imposition of Urdu, in the name of Islam, as the mother-tongue.^ Ekushee (21 February), also called Shaheed Dibash, is the National Day of Martyrs commemorating those who died defending the Bangla language in 1952.
    • Culture of Bangladesh - History and ethnic relations, Urbanism, architecture, and the use of space 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Biharis) 1952 Feb 21, Bangladesh Martyrs Day (martyrs of Bengali Language Movement).
    • Timeline Bangladesh 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC timelines.ws [Source type: News]

    ^ Almost all of the names of Bengali names are highly Bengalicized Arabic or Farsi, so what two characters from the Latin alphabet is doing in so many people's names is a huge mystery.
    • Bangladesh - Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC uncyclopedia.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

    .The uprisings to support Bangla as the mother language fueled the movement towards secular nationalism that culminated in independence in 1971. The holiday is marked by (one of the most colourful events in Asia) tributes to the martyrs by political leaders, intellectuals, poets, writers, artisans and singing beginning at one minute after midnight on the 21st.^ Since the 1971 independence, wait a minute...
    • Bangladesh - Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC uncyclopedia.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The most important symbol of national identity is the Bangla language.
    • Culture of Bangladesh - History and ethnic relations, Urbanism, architecture, and the use of space 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ United by strong village traditions, the struggle for existence, the legacy of the freedom movement, the Bangla language, and Islam, most Bangladeshis retain considerable optimism and pride in their nation.
    • Bangladesh Visa Application - Tourist Visas, Business Visas, Expedited Visas - Bangladesh Page 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.travisa.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Government offices are closed, and expect traffic disruption from February 20.
  • Independence day - March 26th- On this day 'Father of the Nation' Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman proclaimed country's independence.
  • Victory day - December 16th- On this day Pakistani occupied forces surrendered to joint Bangladeshi & Indian forces.
  • Eid-ul-Fitr - the largest muslim holiday of the year, it celebrates the end of the holy month of Ramazan.^ On 16 December the Pakistani military surrendered.
    • Culture of Bangladesh - History and ethnic relations, Urbanism, architecture, and the use of space 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Bijoy Dibosh, or Victory Day (16 December), commemorates the day in 1971 when Pakistani forces surrendered to a joint Bangladeshi–Indian force.
    • Culture of Bangladesh - History and ethnic relations, Urbanism, architecture, and the use of space 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The primary Islamic holidays in Bangladesh include: Eid-ul-Azha (the tenth day of the Muslim month Zilhaj ), in which a goat or cow is sacrificed in honor of Allah; Shob-i-Barat (the fourteenth or fifteenth day of Shaban ), when Allah records an individual's future for the rest of the year; Ramadan (the month Ramzan ), a month-long period of fasting between dawn and dusk; Eid-ul-Fitr (the first day of the month Shawal, following the end of Ramzan ), characterized by alms giving to the poor; and Shob-i-Meraz (the twenty-seventh day of Rajab ), which commemorates the night when Mohammed ascended to heaven.
    • Culture of Bangladesh - History and ethnic relations, Urbanism, architecture, and the use of space 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Food is the highlight, and if you're lucky you'll be invited into a private home for a feast. .Businesses close for at least a couple days if not a week.
  • Eid-ul-Azha - is the second largest muslim festival.
  • Durga Puja - October 5th-9th, 2008. The largest Hindu festival in the country, it goes on for several days with festivities varying each day.
  • Christmas - December 25th, This is the largest Festival of Christian Community in the country which is declared as a Goverment Holiday.A prayer is held at Tejgaon Church at 11 PM (Local Time) in 24th December.^ Three days holiday would have to be declared on the occasion of Durga Puja.
    • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC hrcbmdfw.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Hindus make up most of the remainder, and the country has small communities of Buddhists, Christians, and animists.
    • Bangladesh Visa Application - Tourist Visas, Business Visas, Expedited Visas - Bangladesh Page 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.travisa.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Locals said the slum was gutted in November this year, just a week ahead of Eid-ul-Azha, damaging valuables and shanties of the hapless people.
    • News from Bangladesh - Index Page 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC bangladesh-web.com [Source type: News]

    Also some other church in Dhaka also arrange prayer at 24th December. By Stanley Dipu Mazumdar

Regions

Bangladesh is a very small country, broken into 6 administrative divisions:
Regions of Bangladesh
Regions of Bangladesh
Dhaka Division
home to the capital city
Chittagong Division
a picturesque hinterland of large hills forests
Rajshahi Division
known for its silk and mangoes
Khulna Division
a relaxing, slow paced area, home of the Sundarbans
Sylhet Division
home to endless rolling tea estates and beautiful natural scenery
Barisal Division
The land o River, Paddy & Green

Cities

Most of these cities are also the capital of the division of the same name:
  • Dhaka - The hectic capital city, an intense and thriving metropolis of some 12 million people that's growing by the day
  • Chittagong - a bustling commercial center and the largest international seaport in the country
  • Cox's Bazar - The country's premier beach resort, filled to the brim with boisterous Bangladeshi holiday makers.
  • Khulna - located on the Rupsha River, famous for shrimp and a starting point for journeys into the Sundarbans
  • Barisal - Southern city famous for Paddy growing and many rivers, best reached by a slow-paced and relaxing boat ride on the Rocket Steamer
  • Sylhet - the largest city in the northeast, known for the shrine of Sufi saint Hazrat Shahjalal, one of the holiest sites in the country
  • Jessore - a nondescript small town, and a likely transit point to or from Kolkata, famous for Gur, a form of cake-like molasses produced from the extract of the date tree
  • Bagerhat - an important historical center and site of several mosques including the famous Shait Gumbad Masjid
  • Bogra- a culturally Buddhist area.
  • Char Atra - a low lying island located in the Ganges.
  • Rangamati- To take the colorful tribal experience of Bangladesh.
  • Saint Martins Island - the country's only coral island with friendly locals, a laid back vibe and coconuts to spare
  • Sundarbans - the largest mangrove in the world, with lots of bird life and some very elusive Bengal Tigers

Get in

Visas

.Citizens of all countries need visa to enter Bangladesh.^ All visa categories for all of Bangladesh.
  • Bangladesh Reciprocity Schedule 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC travel.state.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ All that the government needs ensuring is to have the expatriates registered with Bangladesh embassies or missions abroad.

^ "The primary responsibility for the protection of the life, liberty and property of all citizens of Bangladesh, including minorities, rests with the Government of Bangladesh," it added.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC hrcbmdfw.org [Source type: Original source]

.They prefer you to obtain it in your home country, but it's also possible at a few embassies and consulates in neighboring countries.^ Staying Safe on Your Trip Before you travel, it's always a good practice to investigate the local conditions, laws, political landscape, and culture of the country.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC adoption.state.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ U.S. Immigrant Visa After you obtain the new birth certificate and passport for your child, you also need to apply for an U.S. visa from the United States Embassy for your child.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC adoption.state.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Americans living in or visiting Bangladesh are encouraged to register at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka where they may also obtain updated information on travel and security within Bangladesh.
  • MD Travel Health - Bangladesh - vaccinations, malaria, safety, and other medical advice 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.mdtravelhealth.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Visas are only available on arrival if the country you're a citizen of has no Bangladeshi diplomatic mission in your home country, or if you're a 'privileged investor' invited by a Bangladeshi export trade body.^ This immigrant visa allows your child to travel home with you.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC adoption.state.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Raw materials account for a very small proportion of the country’s exports and generally its terms of trade remain very weak.
  • The 2009 Legatum Prosperity Index 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.prosperity.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Staying Safe on Your Trip Before you travel, it's always a good practice to investigate the local conditions, laws, political landscape, and culture of the country.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC adoption.state.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Be ready to show paperwork indicating invitations from said Govt. organizations.
.If you apply in your home country you can usually obtain a 3 month visa if arriving by air, or 15 days if arriving at a land border crossing.^ This immigrant visa allows your child to travel home with you.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC adoption.state.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Obtaining Your Visa In addition to a U.S. passport, you also need to obtain a visa.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC adoption.state.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Staying Safe on Your Trip Before you travel, it's always a good practice to investigate the local conditions, laws, political landscape, and culture of the country.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC adoption.state.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Fees vary depending on nationality and length of visa requested. .Citizens must obtain visas from their home countries in most cases unless an Embassy/High Commission does not exist there.^ This is quite surprising given that large chunks of this population are regularly eliminated by the country's most successful home-grown product: natural disasters.
  • Bangladesh - Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC uncyclopedia.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Some missionaries faced problems in obtaining visas or renewing visas, which must be renewed annually.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

^ Visas must be obtained from a Bangladeshi diplomatic office prior to travel.
  • Bangladesh Travel Advice and Advisories | Government of Canada 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.voyage.gc.ca [Source type: News]

.In the latter case a Visa will be issued in Bangladesh on arrival.^ Visa rules introduced in October 2006 require that foreign nationals coming to Bangladesh for work or long-term visits have the appropriate work permits and clearances on arrival.

.
  • Commonwealth of Australia Citizens: All kinds of visas cost $AUD150 from the Canberra High Commission.^ Top 5 requested: - China Visa - Brazil Visa - Russian Visa - India Visa - Australia Visa View all countries Visa Service F.A.Q.   .
    • Embassy of Poland in Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC poland.visahq.com [Source type: General]

    .The Canberra High Commission does not issue multiple entry tourist visas.
  • US citizens: The Embassy of Bangladesh in USA [3] is in Washington D.C. The visa fee is currently $131 if obtained from within the USA, and you can apply by mail.^ Please be aware that if your child did not qualify to become a citizen upon entry to the United States, it is very important that you take the steps necessary so that your child does qualify as soon as possible.
    • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC adoption.state.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ For Bangladeshis living outside of Bangladesh, you can obtain guidance concerning police records from the nearest Bangladesh Consulate or contact the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka for further information.
    • Bangladesh Reciprocity Schedule 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC travel.state.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ U.S. Immigrant Visa After you obtain the new birth certificate and passport for your child, you also need to apply for an U.S. visa from the United States Embassy for your child.
    • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC adoption.state.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Links to the Consulate in LA [4] and Consulate in New York [5] will answer most questions — please read the 'visa requirements' sections carefully.^ The Market Feed Back Write here your feedback and your Comments about buyers, sellers or Product Feed Back, Read Carefully The Related Rules for this Section.
    • Bangladesh's GSM Network - Powered by vBulletin 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.gsmbangladesh.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Frequently Asked Questions Passports Tourist Visa Requirements Supplemental Health Insurance Site Map .
    • Bangladesh Travel Advice and Advisories | Government of Canada 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.voyage.gc.ca [Source type: News]

    .A U.S. cashier's check, money order or bank draft should be made payable to "Consulate General of Bangladesh". International money orders, personal checks and cash are not acceptable.^ Mutual Impex Textiles bd : they are a new generation ready made garment manufacturer and exporter in Bangladesh.
    • Bangladesh Apparel Fashion and Textiles 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.apparelsearch.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Drasskl International [Bangladesh] - Garment We are a manufacturer and exporter of ready made garments in Bangladesh.
    • bangladesh business directory 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.b2bprofile.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Finance: Finance is provided by international donor agencies like the World Bank, ADB, NORAD, UNDP, and locally through the Government of Bangladesh.
    • Country Profile - Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.un.org [Source type: Academic]

    .Visas on Arrival are available to US citizen tourists for up to 30 days (length determined at PoE), provided they have at least $500 in cash or travelers checks.^ If you intend to work for a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Bangladesh, you should ensure that your sponsor has provided you with up-to-date advice on the kind of visa you must obtain before arrival.

    ^ It is the traveller’s responsibility to check with the High Commission for the People's Republic of Bangladesh and its consulates , for up-to-date information.
    • Bangladesh Travel Advice and Advisories | Government of Canada 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.voyage.gc.ca [Source type: News]

    ^ The United States is on a list of countries eligible for visitor (tourist) visas on arrival (landing permits); however, the government of Bangladesh has not widely publicized its policy for visas on arrival, and travelers may encounter delays in airport visa issuance or be refused entry if they do not have visas prior to arrival.

    The fee, still $131, must be paid in cash (USD, EUR, or GBP).
  • Canadian nationals: A single-entry visa for 3 months is C$80 and a multiple-entry visa is C$158. The Visa form for Canada is here: [6].
  • UK nationals: A single-entry visa is £40, double entry is £52, 3 entries for £75, and £104 for 4 entries.The UK visa form is here: [7] The UK also boasts a large number of Bangladesh consular offices [8].
.For all other countries please see the visa fee list [9].^ Special and diplomatic passport holders should verify all visa requirements for this and other destinations, as they may differ from those that apply to regular passport holders.
  • Bangladesh Travel Advice and Advisories | Government of Canada 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.voyage.gc.ca [Source type: News]

^ If you intend to use Dhaka as a hub from which to visit other countries in the region, ensure that you obtain a multiple-entry Bangladeshi visa before arrival.

^ Makbo Trade International [Bangladesh] - Others We are all types of finished Leather exporter of Bangladesh, and exporting good quality of finished leather since 1996 to different countries of the World.
  • bangladesh business directory 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.b2bprofile.com [Source type: General]

.The Bangladesh High Commission in Kolkata, Circus Ave (Just east of AJC Bose Rd), +91 (0)33 2290 5208/5209, only issues 15 day visas, ranging from free for Indians to a hefty Rs 5000 (~$110) for American citizens.^ Since Bangladesh allows for dual citizenship, however, American citizens who are also Bangladeshi citizens may be appointed guardians of Bangladeshi children.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC adoption.state.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ No plan to attack Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi: ULFA .
  • News from Bangladesh - Index Page 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC bangladesh-web.com [Source type: News]

^ It is the traveller’s responsibility to check with the High Commission for the People's Republic of Bangladesh and its consulates , for up-to-date information.
  • Bangladesh Travel Advice and Advisories | Government of Canada 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.voyage.gc.ca [Source type: News]

Applications are received at window #4 M-F from 9-11AM, and visas are generally ready the next afternoon. Bring 3 passport photos and copies of passport and Indian visa.
.If you were a Bangladeshi citizen at some point in time and now hold a passport from a different country, you can contact your nearest Bangladesh High Commission for your "No Visa Required" stamp, which works as a permanent visa as long as your passport containing the stamp doesn't expire.^ No plan to attack Bangladesh High Commission in Delhi: Ulfa .
  • News from Bangladesh - Index Page 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC bangladesh-web.com [Source type: News]

^ Watching the news, you could be forgiven for thinking that Bangladesh was not so much a country as a disaster zone.
  • Train travel in Bangladesh | Dakha-Chittagong, Dhaka-Calcutta trains 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.seat61.com [Source type: News]

^ For Bangladeshis living outside of Bangladesh, you can obtain guidance concerning police records from the nearest Bangladesh Consulate or contact the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka for further information.
  • Bangladesh Reciprocity Schedule 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC travel.state.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

This option is also available to the children of former Bangladeshi citizens.

Visa extensions

.Visa extensions are possible in Dhaka at the Immigration and Passport Office, Agargaon Rd.^ Bangladeshi visas may be extended at the Directorate of Immigration and Passport, located at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Agargaon, and Dhaka.

.Fees are the same as a single-entry visa, even if just trying to expand your 15 day pittance into a full-fledged 30-90 day visa, making a sidetrip from India for longer than 15 days an expensive endeavor.^ If the strike lasts 30 days or longer, the government may prohibit it and refer the dispute to the labor court for adjudication, although this had not happened in recent years.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

^ If the strike lasts 30 days or longer, the government may prohibit it and refer the dispute to the labor court for adjudication, although this has not happened in recent years.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

^ Either you stuff new castes in these categories to just make it loose any meaning or you show how Reservation based caste wars are weakening India.
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.If you only want to stay a little longer it's better to just pay the overstay fee of Tk 200/day for up to 15 days, which grows substantially to Tk 500/day thereafter.^ Alternative regimens include a three day course of rifaximin (Xifaxan) 200 mg three times daily or azithromycin (Zithromax) 500 mg once daily.
  • MD Travel Health - Bangladesh - vaccinations, malaria, safety, and other medical advice 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.mdtravelhealth.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Some of the smaller backwater crossings such as Tamabil may not even notice that you've overstayed, don't point it out yourself.^ Some countries or regions may not permit children to enter or, in some cases, leave the country or region without proper documentation such as a letter of consent or a court order.
  • Bangladesh Travel Advice and Advisories | Government of Canada 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.voyage.gc.ca [Source type: News]

^ Some types of fish may contain poisonous biotoxins even when cooked.
  • MD Travel Health - Bangladesh - vaccinations, malaria, safety, and other medical advice 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.mdtravelhealth.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

By plane

.ZIA International Airport (ICAO: DAC) in Dhaka is the main gateway to the country, though Chittagong and Sylhet also receive international flights.^ U.S. Embassy Dhaka is located approximately four miles south of Zia International Airport, and five miles north of downtown in the Diplomatic Enclave, Madani Avenue, Baridhara, Dhaka.

^ Eventually, the demonstrators left the Uttara area and attempted to block the main entrance to Dhaka-Zia International Airport.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

^ Attacks using explosive devices have occurred throughout the country, including the cities of Dhaka , Sylhet, Khulna , and Chittagong .
  • Bangladesh Travel Advice and Advisories | Government of Canada 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.voyage.gc.ca [Source type: News]

.The national carrier is Biman Air [10], connecting with a few hubs in the Middle East, Asia and Europe.^ The JI emphasizes Islam, Koranic law, and connections to the Arab Middle East.
  • Culture of Bangladesh - History and ethnic relations, Urbanism, architecture, and the use of space 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

It has a less-than-stellar reputation for punctuality, cleanliness and safety. .It is now under re-organization and most international routes have been canceled -- so look at other airlines for now.^ In addition, the government indicated a new willingness to cooperate with UNHCR and other international organizations and NGOs to improve standards in the camps.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

^ Bangladesh is awash in social change programs sponsored by international organizations such as the United Nations, the World Bank, Care, USAID, and other nations' development agencies.
  • Culture of Bangladesh - History and ethnic relations, Urbanism, architecture, and the use of space 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The private carrier GMG Airlines [11] operates domestic and regional flights to Dhaka from Bangkok, Delhi, Dubai, Karachi, Kathmandu, Kolkata, and Kuala Lumpur, and is far better managed than Biman.^ B'desh airlines can now operate 31 weekly flights to UK .
  • News from Bangladesh - Index Page 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC bangladesh-web.com [Source type: News]

^ As has been shown in another post all resistance is linked together, and so in this region the resistance of villagers was far stronger than in Punjab or Bengal.
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It is the best local/regional carrier currently based in Dhaka and may start intercontinental routes soon.
Connecting from the Middle East:
.There are direct flights to Dhaka from Qatar (Qatar Airways) and the United Arab Emirates [12] or Etihad Airways [13]) through which you can connect to most Asian and European capitals and several North American hubs.^ Load shedding is now a common daily occurrence with most parts of the country, including the capital Dhaka , having no electricity for many hours.
  • Bangladesh Travel Advice and Advisories | Government of Canada 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.voyage.gc.ca [Source type: News]

^ There is no train service to Cox's Bazaar (Bangladesh's prime beach resort), but you can take a train from Dhaka to Chittagong then a bus from there.
  • Train travel in Bangladesh | Dakha-Chittagong, Dhaka-Calcutta trains 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.seat61.com [Source type: News]

^ The annual World Congregation of Muslims, or "Bishwa Ijtema," has been held each year since 1966 on the banks of the River Turag in Tongi, just north of the capital, Dhaka.
  • Timeline Bangladesh 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC timelines.ws [Source type: News]

Emirates, for instance, serves New York, Toronto and Houston from their Dubai (DXB) hub non-stop -- and then connects to Dhaka via a short four-hour hop.
Connecting from East Asia:
.Hong Kong (Chek Lap Kok) and Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) are the most convenient nearby hubs to reach Bangladesh from Eastern Asia (Beijing, Tokyo) and points further East (Western United States).^ Bangladesh Election United States View my profile Bangladesh Election .

^ The eastern portion of Bengal and parts of Assam are today’s Islamic state of Bangladesh.
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^ Introduction of emergency contraception in Bangladesh: Translating research into action, Asia and Near East Region OR Summary no.
  • Asia | Bangladesh | Publications/Resources 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.popcouncil.org [Source type: Academic]

Dragonair [14] flies non-stop from Hong Kong to Dhaka (4~5 hours). .Hong Kong as a major international hub has very good connections to the rest of the world.^ Makbo Trade International [Bangladesh] - Others We are all types of finished Leather exporter of Bangladesh, and exporting good quality of finished leather since 1996 to different countries of the World.
  • bangladesh business directory 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.b2bprofile.com [Source type: General]

Connecting from North America (East Coast):
No direct flights to Dhaka yet. .Cathay Pacific [15] has a non-stop route from New York (JFK) to Hong Kong over the North Pole (CX830/831).^ People's Republic of China - Hong Kong - Japan - Prosperous True Republic of North Korea - Central Korea - South Korea - Rogue Province of Taiwan, part of the People's Republic of China - Republic of China, Taiwan - Macau .
  • Bangladesh - Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC uncyclopedia.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ India 15.4%, China 11.3%, Singapore 10.8%, Japan 5.9%, Hong Kong 4.5% (2003) .
  • CIA - The World Factbook -- Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.umsl.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Then you take a short Dragonair flight to Dhaka.
Continental [16] flies to Hong Kong non-stop using the same 16-hour polar route, flying from Newark Liberty (New Jersey). Again - the connection is by Dragonair.
Connecting from North America (West Coast):
.Cathay Pacific, Thai & Singapore Airlines now have non-stop flights from Hong Kong, Bangkok & Singapore (their respective hub cities) to Los Angeles.^ B'desh airlines can now operate 31 weekly flights to UK .
  • News from Bangladesh - Index Page 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC bangladesh-web.com [Source type: News]

^ India 15.4%, China 11.3%, Singapore 10.8%, Japan 5.9%, Hong Kong 4.5% (2003) .
  • CIA - The World Factbook -- Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.umsl.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Singapore Airlines may also have a direct flight to San Francisco as well. These airlines all have direct connecting flights to Dhaka from their respective hubs.
Connecting from Australia or South Africa:
You're better off connecting via the Bangkok or Singapore hubs (which are served by almost every airline -- it seems).
Connecting from Western Europe:
British Airways [17] no longer serves Dhaka non-stop from London. Air India now serves Dhaka-London via a short stopover in nearby Kolkata.
Connecting from the region (Indian subcontinent or China):
.Connecting through Indian hubs (Delhi or Mumbai) to Dhaka, because of the proliferation of Indian airlines, can involve delays - though as of early 2008 these are not significant.^ Bangladesh has a strained relationship with India , though the inadvisedly named "FUCKYOUALL" train has begun running again from the capital, Dhaka, to the Indian city of Kolkatta.
  • Bangladesh - Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC uncyclopedia.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ For these reasons, even though the sword of Islam was active in this region, there were few conversions to Islam because that sword was not successful.
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A large number of Indian airlines (e.g. Jet Airways, through several code-share agreements) have direct flights to Europe, and provide convenient connections to Dhaka.
.Some regional flights like those operated by Thai Airways [18] stop in Chittagong or Sylhet en route to/from Dhaka.^ Attacks using explosive devices have occurred throughout the country, including the cities of Dhaka , Sylhet, Khulna , and Chittagong .
  • Bangladesh Travel Advice and Advisories | Government of Canada 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.voyage.gc.ca [Source type: News]

.Nearby regional destinations like Kathmandu (Nepal), Paro (Bhutan), Kunming (China) and all Indian cities are readily accessible from Dhaka in under three hours and are served by a great number of private airlines.^ Such obstructions took place in at least three sites within an hour's travel of Dhaka, specifically Dhamrai, Keraniganj, and Manikganj.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

^ Such obstructions took place in at least three sites within an hour's travel of Dhaka: Dhamrai, Keraniganj and Manikganj.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

.The most exotic destination from Dhaka is to Paro (Bhutan's Capital) and is served by Druk-Air [19], the national Bhutanese airline on Sundays (9:00 AM flight taking an hour).^ Load shedding is now a common daily occurrence with most parts of the country, including the capital Dhaka , having no electricity for many hours.
  • Bangladesh Travel Advice and Advisories | Government of Canada 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.voyage.gc.ca [Source type: News]

The approach to Paro Airport (PBH) is an adventure in itself.
.Kunming is the other newest exotic addition to Dhaka's air-linked cities and has one flight a week (Thursdays).^ Thousands of protesters demanding electoral reforms targeted major transport links, attacking trains and other vehicles and leaving at least one person dead.
  • Timeline Bangladesh 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC timelines.ws [Source type: News]

.China Eastern Air [20] Flight 2035 arrives in Dhaka from Kunming (KMG) at 12:40 PM. Flight 2036 then departs at 1:40 PM and takes two and a half hours to reach Kunming - a relaxed hinterland Chinese city which is the capital of Yunnan province.^ The capital city, Dhaka, is near the point where those river systems meet.
  • Culture of Bangladesh - History and ethnic relations, Urbanism, architecture, and the use of space 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.At present (November 2007) this is the only direct air-link to the Chinese mainland from Bangladesh (other than Hong Kong).^ (AFP, 9/30/07) 2007 Oct 13, In southern Bangladesh 5 rear carriages of an overcrowded express train jumped their tracks, killing at least five passengers and injuring more than 100 others.
  • Timeline Bangladesh 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC timelines.ws [Source type: News]

^ The partition of India, direct action in Bangladesh 1946 and many other incidents stand illustration of the aparthied against the Hindus.
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^ The other college students also just looked older than us, and not only because they were bigger.

By bus

The only open land borders are those with India. .No land crossing is possible to Myanmar (occasionally Bangladesh passport holders are allowed to cross from Teknaf, though this changes regularly).^ Whenever Bichitra Howladar went to build house on his land then Zia Choudhury obstructed Bichitra Howladar though Zia Choudhury had no papers for which he could claim the property.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC hrcbmdfw.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Orissa gets tough on Bangladeshi migrants Man detained for emergency landing not Indian: Thailand Bangladesh won't allow anti-India acts: BDR .
  • rediff.com, News from the South Asian countries: Bangladesh home page 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC in.rediff.com [Source type: News]

From Kolkata

From India there are a number of land entry points. .The most common way is the regular comfortable a/c buses from Kolkata to Dhaka via the Haridaspur / Benapole border post.^ Load shedding is now a common daily occurrence with most parts of the country, including the capital Dhaka , having no electricity for many hours.
  • Bangladesh Travel Advice and Advisories | Government of Canada 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.voyage.gc.ca [Source type: News]

^ On March 2, police and BNP activists attacked buses carrying AL activists on their way to a rally in Paltan Maidan in Dhaka.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

Private Bangladeshi bus companies Shohagh [21], Green Line [22], Shyamoli [23] among others operate daily Kolkata-Dhaka-Kolkata bus services. Govt. buses run under the label of the state owned .West Bengal Surface Transport Service Corporation (WBSTSC) and the Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation [24] (BRTC).^ (AFP, 6/24/06) 2006 Jul 2, In Bangladesh 2 people were killed and nearly 200 injured in clashes as opposition parties enforced a countrywide transport shutdown.
  • Timeline Bangladesh 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC timelines.ws [Source type: News]

^ Bangladeshi national identity is rooted in a Bengali culture that transcends international borders and includes the area of Bangladesh itself and West Bengal, India.
  • Culture of Bangladesh - History and ethnic relations, Urbanism, architecture, and the use of space 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Close to 10 million people fled Bangladesh for West Bengal, in India.
  • Culture of Bangladesh - History and ethnic relations, Urbanism, architecture, and the use of space 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.WBSTSC and BRTC both operate buses from Kolkata (Karunamoyee international bus terminus in the Salt Lake neighborhood) every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 5:30AM and 8:30AM, and 12:30PM while from Dhaka they leave on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:00AM and 7:30AM. The normal journey time is around 12 hours with a one-way fare of Rs550 or BDT600-800, roughly $8-12. If you're only headed to Haridaspur the fare is Rs86 (2.5 hours).^ Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

^ Factory workers continued to labor under the old law, a 48-hour workweek, with a mandated one day off and up to 12 hours of overtime.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

^ They should be particularly vigilant around the Parliament building, the Secretariat Area, the National Mosque, Dhaka University , the Purana Paltan area and the Naya Paltan area.
  • Bangladesh Travel Advice and Advisories | Government of Canada 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.voyage.gc.ca [Source type: News]

.Timings will vary, please confirm after arrival in Kolkata (Calcutta).^ Please be alert and aware at all times and vary routes and schedules.

From Siliguri

"Shayamoli Paribhahan" has a bus service from Siliguri to Dhaka.Phone# +8802-8360241, +8801716942154. It cost around 1000/=(may increase later) Taka for one way ticket.

From Agartala

.There is a regular bus service between Dhaka and Agartala, capital of India's Tripura state.^ (AP, 9/10/03) 2003 Sep, Bangladesh and India launched a direct bus route from Dhaka to Agartala, the capital of the Indian state of Tripura.
  • Timeline Bangladesh 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC timelines.ws [Source type: News]

^ (AP, 4/12/08) 2008 Apr 14, Train service between Bangladesh and India resumed after a 43-year hiatus.
  • Timeline Bangladesh 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC timelines.ws [Source type: News]

.Two BRTC buses leave daily from Dhaka and connect with the Tripura Road Transport Corporation vehicles, running six days a week with a roundtrip fare of BDT600 ($10).^ The RAB filed a case against Hossain after his death, alleging that he extorted money from vehicles passing over a bridge on the Dhaka-Chittagong road.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

^ (AP, 5/19/06) 2006 May 22, In Bangladesh textile workers demanding better pay and one day off per week went on a rampage at Savar, an industrial town near Dhaka, setting fire to two factories and several buses.
  • Timeline Bangladesh 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC timelines.ws [Source type: News]

^ The next day an article was published in the daily Prothom Alo in this connection.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC hrcbmdfw.org [Source type: Original source]

.There is only one halt at Ashuganj in Bangladesh during the journey.^ There are many NGOs working in this field, the major ones being the Family Planning Association of Bangladesh (FPAB); the Bangladesh Association of Voluntary Sterilization (BAVS), and Pathfinder International.
  • Country Profile - Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.un.org [Source type: Academic]

^ Pray for the followers of Christ There are only a few believers in Jesus among the very large Shaikh community of Bangladesh.
  • Joshua Project - Shaikh of Bangladesh Ethnic People Profile 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.joshuaproject.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Which is the only one governmental drug company in Bangladesh.
  • bangladesh business directory 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.b2bprofile.com [Source type: General]

Call +880 2 8360241 for schedule.
.Other entry points from India are Hili, Chilahati / Haldibari and Banglaband border posts for entry from West Bengal; Tamabil / Dawki border post for a route between Shillong (Meghalaya) and Sylhet in Bangladesh, and some others with lesser known routes from north-eastern Indian regions.^ To the west and north it is bounded by India; to the southeast, it borders Myanmar.
  • Culture of Bangladesh - History and ethnic relations, Urbanism, architecture, and the use of space 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Southern Asia, bordering the Bay of Bengal, between Burma and India .
  • CIA - The World Factbook -- Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.umsl.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ (SFC, 4/11/01, p.C5) 2001 Apr 18, Border fighting between Bangladesh and India left 16 Indian and 2 Bangladeshi soldiers dead.
  • Timeline Bangladesh 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC timelines.ws [Source type: News]

By train

.Train services from India were suspended for 42 years, but the Maitree Express started running again between Dhaka to Kolkata in April 2008. The service is biweekly: A Bangledeshi train leaves Dhaka every Saturday, returning on Sunday, while an Indian train leaves Kolkata on Saturdays and returns the next day.^ Human Rights Day 2007 marks the start of a year-long commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC hrcbmdfw.org [Source type: Original source]

^ (AP, 4/12/08) 2008 Apr 14, Train service between Bangladesh and India resumed after a 43-year hiatus.
  • Timeline Bangladesh 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC timelines.ws [Source type: News]

^ The situation is expected to improve with the recent signing of a 30-year agreement between Bangladesh and India on sharing the water of the Ganges.
  • Country Profile - Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.un.org [Source type: Academic]

Get around

By plane

Air travel in Bangladesh is very affordable and convenient.
.There are airports in all of the division capitals and in Jessore, Cox's Bazar and some other small cities.^ There were 71 Rohingya refugees in local prisons in the Cox's Bazar area at year's end.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

^ The city's only other demographic seemed to be the elderly, who were either there on vacation or because they were retired and spent the coldest months of the year there.

^ There was some progress at the end of the year regarding the government's attitude towards the Rohingya refugee camps near Cox's Bazar.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

Most of the domestic airports are served by either Biman Air [25], the national airline, or GMG Airlines [26], their private competitor.
Biman had the interesting distinction of flying the half-hour Dhaka-Chittagong (DAC-CGP) leg (~250 miles) on DC-10's and Airbus A-310's - both large widebody jets.
.United Airways [27], and Royal Bengal Airlines [28] are two private operators offering excellent domestic and international flights.^ There were six private satellite television stations in operation, and two private radio stations began broadcasting a few hours a day on a trial basis.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

^ A wide variety of domestic and international human rights groups generally operated independently and without government restriction, investigating and publishing their findings on human rights cases.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

^ In addition to one official government-owned news service, there were two private news services, United News of Bangladesh, which is affiliated with Agence France-Presse, and BD News.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

By helicopter

.There are quite a few rotor-wing craft services available for hire in Bangladesh for tourism, MEDEVAC or Film-footage services.^ There is limited ambulance service in Bangladesh.

^ In addition to one official government-owned news service, there was one private news service, United News of Bangladesh, which was affiliated with Agence France-Presse.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

^ In addition to one official government-owned news service, there were two private news services, United News of Bangladesh, which is affiliated with Agence France-Presse, and BD News.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

Any reputable travel agent will know full details. As of now - one service "ATL" is at, ATL [29] or at ATL [30].

By bus

Local Bangladeshi buses are generally crowded, often to the extent of people riding on the bus steps (entrance) and sometimes even the roof. .The state run Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation [31] (BRTC) buses usually fall into this catergory.^ Priti Ranjan was lying on the road for long time and then the passers-by after finding him in an unconscious state rescued him and admitted him into Chittagong Medical College Hospital .
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC hrcbmdfw.org [Source type: Original source]

.However, there are luxurious air conditioned bus services connecting major cities and popular tourist destinations.^ There was announcement in the city by the orders of Major Zia from 4 A.M. in the morning; it started announcing that the 8 East Bengal Regiment had revolted in the name of the Liberation of Bangladesh.

^ Tourist facilities outside major cities and tourist areas are minimal.

Green Line [32], Shyamoli [33], SilkLine [34] and Shohagh [35] usually have a couple different offices dotted around the cities they serve. .Greenline has a few Scania buses running between Dhaka, Chittagong and Cox's Bazar that offer a level of comfort you've probably never seen in a bus before - they cost about 1/3 more than their Volvo buses, but are comparable to business class on an airplane, at least.^ They are only after money and are much more interested in a managerial form of government rather than democracy.
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^ American officials, the paper said, have complained for more than a year about the ISI's support to groups like the Taliban.
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^ They also demanded the removal of more than 300,000 settlers from their tribal homeland.
  • Timeline Bangladesh 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC timelines.ws [Source type: News]

By car

.Driving in Bangladesh is not for the faint hearted - the road network is fairly good, but dodging irrational bus drivers and weaving in and out of rickshaws isn't easy on the nerves.^ Centering a controversy between the bus driver and the bridegrrom party over the bus fare, the bus driver Moshiar called out the terrorists and told them to teach the bridegroom party a lesson.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC hrcbmdfw.org [Source type: Original source]

Traffic in Dhaka has reached unimaginable proportions, and self-driving isn't really advised. Night time driving is substantially more dangerous as trucks often ignore smaller cars. It is highly advised to get a local driver.

By train

Bangladesh Railways [36] is the state and only train operator. The ticket prices are reasonable and usually similar to bus ticket prices and sometimes even cheaper. However, due to the roundabout routes and tricky river crossings, the journey durations are usually much longer. .Tickets can be booked over the phone, though unless you speak Bengali you're likely to get better results at one of the computerized station booking offices.^ Many of the stranded Biharis born after 1971 have assimilated into the mainstream Bengali-speaking environment and likely would accept citizenship if it was offered.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

^ I will just give you an example from my own experience of JNU, where a large number of Bengali students come but one can hardly find any Bengali Dalit student among them.
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.Trains are generally comfortable, with more leg room than buses.^ (AP, 11/28/07) 1995 Dec, A general strike affected more than 60 cities and towns.
  • Timeline Bangladesh 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC timelines.ws [Source type: News]

^ SINDH TODAYComrade Mamatas communist manifestoCalcutta TelegraphMamata Banerjees manifesto for the general election features more than one ...
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Though the carriages are generally not very clean, the AC and 1st class seats are manageable. Sulob class is the highest 2nd class ticket, with reserved seating and not much different from 1st class (except in price).
Kamlapur Rail Station in Dhaka is large and modern. .It serves all major cities but due to the existence of broad gauge and meter gauge tracks around the country it may be required to change trains en route.^ Students may obtain excellent training in all fields, including the arts, law, medicine, and engineering.
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^ On September 20, the opposition declared another transportation blockade that stopped all traffic into major cities from dawn to dusk.
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^ A four-year degree may actually require five to eight years to complete due to frequent university closings.
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.Note that there have been a relatively high number of train accidents compared to other Asian countries.^ At that time, there were four Adibashi youths named Sumaon, Babu and two others in the house of that relative.
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^ UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) estimated in 2004 that there were 10,000 underage girls used in commercial sexual exploitation in the country, but other estimates placed the figure as high as 29,000 (see section 5, Children).
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^ UNICEF estimated in 2004 that there were 10,000 children forced into commercial sexual exploitation in the country, but other estimates placed the figure as high as 29,000 (see section 5, Children).
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By boat

.There are over 230 mighty and small rivers throughout the country, and boats and ferries are an integral part of travel for locals and tourists alike.^ (AFP, 1/30/09) 2009 Feb 8, In eastern Bangladesh a ferry boat sank after colliding with a larger ferry on the Titas River, killing 10 women and children.
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^ (SFC, 2/16/02, p.A26) 2002 May 3, In Bangladesh a ferry on the Meghna River capsized with some 400 passengers traveling from Dhaka to southern Patuakhali.
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^ (WSJ, 4/20/99, A1) 1999 May 8, In Bangladesh 200 people were feared dead when a river ferry boat sank.
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A journey along the river in any mode is probably the best way to see Bangladesh. .There are a number of private tour operators offering river sightseeing trips of various lengths, or using the ferries to get between cities is a great way to see the country at a moderate pace.^ Attacks using explosive devices have occurred throughout the country, including the cities of Dhaka , Sylhet, Khulna , and Chittagong .
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^ There was an increased number of killings by security personnel (see section 1.c.
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^ UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) estimated in 2004 that there were 10,000 underage girls used in commercial sexual exploitation in the country, but other estimates placed the figure as high as 29,000 (see section 5, Children).
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.The Rocket Steamer service connects Dhaka and Khulna via Barisal, and is a fantastic way to enjoy riverine Bangladesh, for those who prefer the scenic route.^ (AFP, 11/25/06) 2006 Nov 28, In Bangladesh unidentified attackers set three election offices on fire in Munshiganj, Barisal and Khulna.
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The 4 ferries are operated by BIWTC [37] and run several times per week in each direction. It's advisable to book several days in advance if possible. .While there are several different classes it's unlikely that you will end up in anything but 1st or 2nd class.^ In UP and Bihar, you now have Yadavs, Kurmis and Lodhis aligning themselves with different leaders.
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Both of these consist of around 10 small berths on the upper deck of the boat with 2 beds each and a sink (no doubt doubling as a urinal), and fairly clean shared bathrooms. .There's a central dining/sitting room in each class with a chef cooking Bengali meals and the odd fish-and-chips or an omelette for around Tk 50-150. Cheaper food can be bought at the vendors in the lower classes on the bottom level.^ There is a middle class of small businessmen and midlevel office workers, and above this is an emerging entrepreneurial group and upper-level service workers.
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^ There Oliullah raped her in a desolate class room.
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First class is at the front of the boat, with the bow made into a nice sitting area. .If you're traveling single you must book 2 beds if you want a berth guaranteed to yourself in either class, though unless the boat is completely full it's unlikely they'll put someone in a foreigner's room even if you just pay for one.^ Even, Ibrahim did not pay price of the land in last one year, they lamented.
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^ Either you stuff new castes in these categories to just make it loose any meaning or you show how Reservation based caste wars are weakening India.
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^ I will just give you an example from my own experience of JNU, where a large number of Bengali students come but one can hardly find any Bengali Dalit student among them.
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.The full journey takes anywhere from 26-30 hours and costs Tk 1010/610 in first/second class.^ Muslim men may marry up to four wives; however, a Muslim man must get his first wife's signed permission before taking a second wife.
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^ STIDP: In the first phase of the STIDP covering ten municipalities in Bangladesh, the total number of dustbins installed is 2,023 at a cost of Tk.9.75 million $US1= Tk.42.
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It's best avoided during the rainy seasons and during holidays when the launches get over crowded with home-returning city dwellers. .The more eco-friendly may prefer to take their trash off with them, otherwise it's likely to end up in the river at the end of the journey.^ He may have croaked up to 3000 marxists (and managed to shed many more .....
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^ Muslim men may marry up to four wives; however, a Muslim man must get his first wife's signed permission before taking a second wife.
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.BIWTC also operates many other more basic ferries that may be useful for smaller distances.^ He may have croaked up to 3000 marxists (and managed to shed many more .....
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^ (SFC, 5/21/96, p.A-10) 1996 May 23, In Bangladesh as many as 77 people were feared drowned in a sunken ferry after a collision on the Jamuna River.
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Talk

The national language is Bengali (Bangla) and is spoken everywhere. It's an Indo-Aryan language derived from Prakit, Pali and Sanskrit and written in its own script. Many Bangladeshis only understand limited English such as basic affirmatives, negatives, and some numbers. .Learning a few Bengali words ahead of your trip will prove very useful.^ Please I request you to get ahead of our address and information to your members who are doing the same business and using the same product.
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.Two centuries of British colonisation lead people to identify most foreigners as either British or American, and to view them with curiosity.^ Most people identify with a natal or ancestral village in the countryside.
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^ The most shocking thing that has happened in Nandigram is the fact that the state government has divided its own people into two- those who are with the party and those who are not with the party.
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.The first question you will probably be asked is "What is your country?"^ We have formed an idea that you are a fish Importer in your country.
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^ Do you want to import goods to your country?
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^ "You will start working when you are ordered," I asked, "what is your order?"

(Desh kothay? in Bangla). If hawkers or rickshaw-wallahs are over-zealous, "Amar dorkar nai" or "Lagbey nah" mean "No thanks." If you don't wish to give money to beggars and other unfortunates, "maaf koro" means "pardon me" or you can apply a tricky concept saying "Amar bangthi poisha nai", meaning "I have no change".
What will it cost?
  • 2 liter bottled water: Tk 20
  • Chai: Tk 4
  • Newspaper: Tk 10
  • Candy bar: Tk 15
  • Coke/Pepsi: Tk 15
  • Pair of readymade pants: ~Tk 100
  • Solitude: out of stock
.Bangladesh is one of the largest ready-made garment manufacturers in the world, exporting clothing for famous brands such as Nike, Adidas and Levis.^ Drasskl International [Bangladesh] - Garment We are a manufacturer and exporter of ready made garments in Bangladesh.
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^ Ar Fashion International [Bangladesh] - Garment We are one of the leading manufacturing and exporting units of Bangladesh.
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^ Ready made garments which includes sweaters.
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.Though these products are usually not meant for sale in the local markets, they can be found in abundance in famous shopping areas such as Banga Bazaar and Dhaka College.^ NABINAGAR (BHRAMANBARIA), August 4 : Terrorists carried attack and looting on the shop of a minority of Bholachang Notun bazaar under the municipality area of Nabinagar upazila as they were not given ransom.
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^ There were 114 Rohingya refugees in local prisons in the Cox's Bazaar area at year's end.
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^ In this country they do not keep swine nor fowls, and do not deal in cable; they have no shambles or wine shops in their market-places.
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In most stores prices are not fixed. Even most of stores that display 'fixed-price' lebel tolerate haggling. Prices and can be lowered quite considerably. .If bargaining is not your strong point ask a local in the vicinity politely what they think you should pay.^ You build a political force and then you bargain.
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^ Before cancelling a scheduled trip, you should discuss the matter with your travel agent, your travel insurer, or the airline.
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^ If you are in Canada and you believe that you are being forced to travel overseas or to marry, you should contact provincial social welfare authorities and your local police.
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.Aarong [38] is one of the largest and most popular handicraft and clothing outlets with stores in Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet and Khulna.^ Attacks using explosive devices have occurred throughout the country, including the cities of Dhaka , Sylhet, Khulna , and Chittagong .
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^ Security threats against foreigners have occurred in various areas, including Chittagong , Sylhet, Feni and Khulna .
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^ The most prominent universities, most of which are state supported, include: Dhaka University, Rajshahi University, Chittagong University, Jahngirnagar University, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, and Bangladesh Agricultural University.
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It's a great place for souvenirs or to pick up a stylish kurta or salwar kameez at fixed prices.
Women can find a cotton shalwar kameez for around Tk 400 in a market or Tk 800-1500 in a shop. Silk is more expensive.
ATMs can be found in most metropolitan areas. .Dutch Bangla Bank has the largest ATM network in Bangladesh and finding one isn't hard (there is one at the airports of both Dhaka and Chittagong).^ Traveller's cheques can be exchanged at banks and at the airport in Dhaka .
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^ There are many NGOs working in this field, the major ones being the Family Planning Association of Bangladesh (FPAB); the Bangladesh Association of Voluntary Sterilization (BAVS), and Pathfinder International.
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^ In addition to one official government-owned news service, there was one private news service, United News of Bangladesh, which was affiliated with Agence France-Presse.
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.These ATMs accept all Mastercard and Visa credit/debit cards.^ Credit cards are not widely accepted.
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^ Check with your bank to find out if your credit card will be accepted abroad.
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^ Credit cards and debit cards should be used with caution due to the potential for fraud and other criminal activity.
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.Most international banks in the country such as Standard Chartered and Citibank also rely on the Dutch-Bangla Bank Nexus™ ATM network for their own clients.^ The country relies on an annual inflow of at least $1 billion from international sources, not including the humanitarian aid that is part of the national economic system.
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^ The government cooperated with international organizations such as the UNHRC and the ICRC; however, the ICRC did not visit the country during the year.
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^ Bangladesh is awash in social change programs sponsored by international organizations such as the United Nations, the World Bank, Care, USAID, and other nations' development agencies.
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.HSBC [39] ATMs are located at most hotels but only accept Visa debit/credit cards and HSBC GlobalAccess™ cards (no Mastercard).^ Credit cards are not widely accepted.
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^ Credit cards and debit cards should be used with caution due to the potential for fraud and other criminal activity.
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^ Check with your bank to find out if your credit card will be accepted abroad.
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Eat

Bangladesh is a fish lover's paradise. .Traditionally most of the country lives off of the once bountiful river fish, especially the officially designated "national fish" hilsa, though sea fish are now working their way north.^ Load shedding is now a common daily occurrence with most parts of the country, including the capital Dhaka , having no electricity for many hours.
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^ Today, in most sections of the country, Hindus and Muslims live peacefully in adjacent areas and are connected by their economic roles and structures.
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^ (AP, 2/3/06) 1988 Sep 4, Officials in Bangladesh reported that floods had inundated three-quarters of their impoverished nation, claiming at least 882 lives.
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Sometimes incredibly boney, it's often served whole, and sometimes deboned and made into a curry. Mutton is also popular, as in most Muslim countries, as is decidedly meatless chicken. Rice is almost always the companion to any of these.
Mixed vegetable curries are plentiful - potato, eggplant, squash and tomatoes are the staple ingredients. Cucumber is enormously popular and often served with onions as a little side salad.
The idea of salad varies from international standard. In Bangladesh, a few round slices of onions and cucumbers is treated as a full plate of salad.
.Dal is available at pretty much anytime of the day and accompanies most meals, though it doesn't compare to its cousin in India — expect a salty dal-flavored water with a few lentils hanging out in the bottom of the bowl.^ Most detainees were released within a few days.
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^ If biryani is not eaten, a complete multicourse meal is served: foods are brought out sequentially and added to one's rice bowl after the previous course is finished.
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^ The situation is expected to improve with the recent signing of a 30-year agreement between Bangladesh and India on sharing the water of the Ganges.
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.Boiled eggs (dhim) are a popular snack (Tk 3-5), and fresh fruit is abundant, such as bananas (Tk 2/ea), apples (chinese, Tk 80-100/kg), oranges, grapes, pomegranates and papayas.^ Snacks include fruits such as banana, mango, and jackfruit, as well as puffed rice and small fried food items.
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Delicious and diverse, mangos (Tk 50-150/kg) are a very popular fruit throughout Bangladesh.
.Fast food restaurants and bakeries serving burgers, kababs, spring rolls, vegetable patties and just about anything else you can throw in a deep fryer are dotted around most cities.^ The diet Pepsi bottle occurs with an exclusive silver lining in most retail fast food and grocery stores of Bangladesh.

Most things will run around Tk 10/each.
.Most Bangladeshis eat with their right hand as in neighboring countries - play with your food a little first to form it into a mouth-sized ball then, using your four fingers as a makeshift scoop, pick it up and launch it into your mouth with your thumb - takes some practice, but don't pretend you aren't loving it.^ We have formed an idea that you are a fish Importer in your country.
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^ With the clean knuckles of the right hand the interior of the bowl is rubbed, the water is discarded, and the bowl is filled with food.
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^ And, therefore, they don’t want to take caste into account.
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.Never use your left hand to bring food to your mouth, though it's ok to use it for bringing a glass to your mouth or to serve food from a common dish with a spoon.^ At weddings, a common food is biryani, a rice dish with lamb or beef and a blend of spices, particularly saffron.
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.Every restaurant will have a handwashing station (sometimes just a pitcher if they don't have running water), and you should use it before and after the meal.^ Before cancelling a scheduled trip, you should discuss the matter with your travel agent, your travel insurer, or the airline.
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^ You are strongly encouraged to boil your water before drinking.
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^ Before the meal, the right hand is washed with water above the eating bowl.
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It doesn't matter a whole lot if you don't get it all exactly right, but know that the entire restaurant is watching and waiting to see if you do.
Table sharing is acceptable and even expected in most establishments, with the exception of nicer city restaurants. Many places have separate curtained-off booths for women and families, a nice reprieve from prying eyes.

Drink

Nightlife in Bangladesh is nearly non-existent. Being a Muslim country, alcohol is frowned upon and found mostly in the international clubs and pricier restaurants in Dhaka and in some restaurants in tourist centers like Cox's Bazar. In Teknaf and on Saint Martins Island you may stumble upon the occasional beer smuggled in from Myanmar. Some of the nicest hotels in the cities have fully equipped bars with exaggerated prices to match.
Coffee is -- like the rest of the world, a perennial middle-class 'Adda' (gossip) accompaniment in this city. A favourite haunt for coffee-lovers (those with a 'Starbucks' bent) is 'Coffeeworld' [40], Dhaka branch addresses (about seven so far) given here, Dhaka Coffeeworld joints [41]. Most coffee aficionados here rate their 'Caramel Macchiato' better than the plain Starbucks variety and cheaper to boot (about US$2)!
Fruit juice is plentiful, varied and delicious, though be wary of watered down or icy drinks and dirty blenders. Sugarcane juice is widely available during the hot season.
Coconuts are popular in the southeast tourists spots like Cox's Bazar and Saint Martins Island.

Do

There's a lot happening around the city. .Like any large metropolis there are dramas, concerts and performances galore -- both of the western and local variety.^ There is a priority need for the local production of contraceptives for which both local and external investments are required.
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^ The local Hindus claimed that if a college was set up there both the temple and the college would be disrupted.
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Yes it is possible to end up at a live rave event with thrash music in Dhaka!!
This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Tk 50-500
Mid-range Tk 550-5000
Splurge Tk 5000+
.There's a broad range of hotels in the country, from economy hotels costing $1 per night (sometimes filthy and sometimes reluctant to take foreigners) up to 5-star hotels in some of the major cities, including chains like Radisson Dhaka [42], Sheraton Dhaka [43] ,Westin Dhaka [44].Another comfortable place is Lakeshore Hotels and Apartments.^ Prior environmental impact assessment, systematic observation and follow-up of major projects, including systematic incorporation of results in decision-making.
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^ Later, Major Zia told me that the commanding officer had ordered to check on the soldiers keeping guard in various places of the city.

^ It was learnt according to source of the police that sometime at night Liton and some other his associates slaughtered and murdered Durjoy when he was asleep.
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Visit

.Bangladesh is a country with lots of places to visit, many of which offer unforgettable experiences but remain relatively unknown to the rest of the world.^ Bangladesh is the home of jute and the World's Largest Producer and Exporter of the best quality jute/jute products and as goods from Bangladesh enjoy quota free and duty free status in many countries, it is a wise source of imports.
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^ Makbo Trade International [Bangladesh] - Others We are all types of finished Leather exporter of Bangladesh, and exporting good quality of finished leather since 1996 to different countries of the World.
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Dhaka (the Capital) has a number of attractions for the tourists. They include, but are not limited to, the Lalbagh Quilla, Ahsan Manjil, Shaheed Minar, Boro Katra, Choto Katra, the National Museum, Jatiyo Songshad Bhaban(the Parliament Building) etc. The Suhrawardy Uddan and the Ramna Park are two parks that provide green respite to the city dwellers. Other tourist attractions include places like Baitul Mukarram (National Mosque), the High Court Building, the Bangabandhu Museum, etc. .If you're only visiting one thing, then the LalBagh Qilla fort is a must see, in the older part of town.^ The old feudatories of the Palas and Senas must have been part of the Sultanate administration because, in another unique event, one of them usurped power briefly from the Muslim ruler.
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.The older part of Dhaka, known as "Puran Dhaka", is literally a city of history, with hundred year old buildings crammed on each sides of hundreds of narrow lanes.^ On February 2, a Dhaka court sentenced Kala Guddu to 30-year's imprisonment for raping a 5-year-old girl in the Mohammadpur area of Dhaka in 2003.
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Each Moholla (city block) of Puran Dhaka is unique with its specialized shops and artisans and gives an authentic taste of what Dhaka is all about.
The rest of Bangladesh is also ornamented with thousands of gems, most of which remain hidden and await exploration. The names are endless, but the prominent ones include, Moynamoti, Paharpur (Shompur Bihar), Mohasthangor, Kantajir Mondir, Ramshagor, Shatgombuj Mosque, Khanjahan Ali's Shrine, Shriti Shoudho etc. .These sites offer architectures from various eras of the country's history, including Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim eras and date back thousand years.^ There are also small usage variations between Muslims and Hindus, along with minor vocabulary differences.
  • Culture of Bangladesh - History and ethnic relations, Urbanism, architecture, and the use of space 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ BNWLA rescued 43 trafficking victims, including a Nigerian boy, from within the country and repatriated 27 others from the UAE and India during the year.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

^ Today, in most sections of the country, Hindus and Muslims live peacefully in adjacent areas and are connected by their economic roles and structures.
  • Culture of Bangladesh - History and ethnic relations, Urbanism, architecture, and the use of space 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The natural beauty of Bangladesh can be explored away from the hustle and bustle of Dhaka, the Capital.^ Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh.
  • Timeline Bangladesh 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC timelines.ws [Source type: News]

^ (AP, 9/10/03) 2003 Sep, Bangladesh and India launched a direct bus route from Dhaka to Agartala, the capital of the Indian state of Tripura.
  • Timeline Bangladesh 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC timelines.ws [Source type: News]

Bangladesh has the longest unbroken sea beach in the world: the Cox'sbazar. Also, it has the largest mangrove forest in the world: the Sundarbans. The hills of Rangamati, Khagrachori and Bandarban offer exciting trekking opportunities, while the Kaptai Lake (situated amongst the hills of Rangamati) can be considered a romantic getaway. .The villages are the true countryside of Bangladesh and almost always have green paddy fields and yellow mustard fields with rivers flowing.^ Green symbolizes the trees and fields of the countryside; red represents the rising sun and the blood spilled in the 1971 war for liberation.
  • Culture of Bangladesh - History and ethnic relations, Urbanism, architecture, and the use of space 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Other natural wonders of Bangladesh include the Padma (Ganges) river, the Madhabkunda, Jaflong, the tea gardens of Sylhet and Moulovibazar, etc.^ This includes about 300 million people from Bangladesh, West Bengal, and Bihar, as well as Bengali speakers in other Indian states.
  • Culture of Bangladesh - History and ethnic relations, Urbanism, architecture, and the use of space 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Other nongovernmental organizations include the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, Probashi, and Aat Din.
  • Culture of Bangladesh - History and ethnic relations, Urbanism, architecture, and the use of space 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Due to massive withdrawal of the Ganges water at Farraka and other upstream rivers by India, the economy of Bangladesh has been severely disrupted, producing adverse impact on all sectors.
  • Country Profile - Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.un.org [Source type: Academic]

Work

Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment, [46].

Stay safe

.Bangladesh is a country full of friendly and open minded people.^ (AP, 5/3/04) 2004 May 7, In Bangladesh gunmen opened fire at an opposition rally outside the capital, killing 4 people including a member of parliament.
  • Timeline Bangladesh 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC timelines.ws [Source type: News]

^ The country worst affected is Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of people are likely to die from cancers of the lung, bladder and skin caused by arsenic.
  • Timeline Bangladesh 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC timelines.ws [Source type: News]

.But being a underdeveloped country with high poverty rate, there are some bad natured people who may find ways to exploit a new comer.^ May 25, Some 600 people died when the ferry Shamia went down in the River Meghna in southern Barisal district, Bangladesh.
  • Timeline Bangladesh 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC timelines.ws [Source type: News]

^ There are some Socialist intellectuals who are, of course, pro-Reservation but at the same time, they are not so comfortable with caste.
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^ Small numbers of higher caste groups have remained in the country, and some of those people are large landowners, businessmen, and service providers.
  • Culture of Bangladesh - History and ethnic relations, Urbanism, architecture, and the use of space 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Please stick to common sense precautions like not walking around unnecessarily after dark, and if you do find yourself in trouble, create some noise and draw the attention of others who are almost certain to come to your aid.^ I will just give you an example from my own experience of JNU, where a large number of Bengali students come but one can hardly find any Bengali Dalit student among them.
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^ This model is based on creating small circles of people who know and can influence each other to pay back loans.
  • Culture of Bangladesh - History and ethnic relations, Urbanism, architecture, and the use of space 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Literary Edge 2 Literary Edge 1 In person Questions of the Week Responses Dear friends, Me and some of my friends would like to know a certain thing : who was the high caste bengali student who didnt want a Dalit for a room mate.
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When traveling by rickshaw, CNG (auto-rickshaw) or bus be careful to keep valuables close at hand.
Local women are wearing very conservative clothes. If you wear western casutal clothes, it is visible as tourist very easily. .But Bangladesh is a very open minded muslim country and people respect the difference of opinions.^ Some of the people I know come from the same linguistic community yet have a huge difference in lifestyle and opinions.
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^ (AP, 5/3/04) 2004 May 7, In Bangladesh gunmen opened fire at an opposition rally outside the capital, killing 4 people including a member of parliament.
  • Timeline Bangladesh 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC timelines.ws [Source type: News]

^ The country worst affected is Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of people are likely to die from cancers of the lung, bladder and skin caused by arsenic.
  • Timeline Bangladesh 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC timelines.ws [Source type: News]

.Nationwide strikes or “hartals” are widely employed as a means of political expression in Bangladesh.^ The opposition frequently used enforced transportation blockades and hartals or enforced strikes as political tactics.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

^ (Reuters, 12/2/06) 2006 Dec 3, A major political alliance in Bangladesh staged a nationwide transport blockade to force electoral reforms.
  • Timeline Bangladesh 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC timelines.ws [Source type: News]

.The political opposition over the past several years has called a number of these hartals, resulting in the virtual shutdown of transportation and commerce, and sometimes attacks on individuals who do not observe the hartals.^ (AFP, 6/24/06) 2006 Jul 2, In Bangladesh 2 people were killed and nearly 200 injured in clashes as opposition parties enforced a countrywide transport shutdown.
  • Timeline Bangladesh 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC timelines.ws [Source type: News]

^ However, village religious leaders sometimes made declarations in individual cases and called the declaration a fatwa.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

^ According to ASK police in Dhaka arrested large numbers of opposition party members prior to opposition rallies throughout the year.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

.Clashes between rival political groups during hartals have resulted in deaths and injuries.^ During these protests police and demonstrators often clashed, resulting in deaths and injuries.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

^ During the clash an armed UPDF group abducted six PSJSS supporters.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

^ The police stopped the IKNMB activists and their affiliates from proceeding and in the clashes that ensued between the 2 groups, 50 demonstrators and 7 police were wounded.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

Visitors should avoid all political protests, demonstrations, and marches. .During hartals, visitors should exercise caution in all areas and remain indoors whenever possible.^ Tribal leaders remained disappointed with the lack of assistance provided to those who left the area during the insurgency.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

Hartals, demonstrations, and other protests can occur at ANY time.
.It's best to not eat, drink or smoke anything offered to you by strangers – there's a growing problem in many Asian countries of druggings, and you're likely to see signs warning you against it on buses, trains, etc.^ There were no reported developments in the March 2005 police attack against buses carrying AL activists in which 50 people were injured.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

^ (AFP, 7/29/06) 2006 Aug 4, Bangladesh announced a fresh round of polio vaccination drives amid growing signs that the lethal disease has staged a comeback in the impoverished South Asian country.
  • Timeline Bangladesh 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC timelines.ws [Source type: News]

^ If you see news like this, please call Cornell Asif and bring it to his attention.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC hrcbmdfw.org [Source type: Original source]

.That's not to say you shouldn't take someone up on their offer for a home cooked meal, but you may want to think twice about that piece of candy the person in the seat next to you just handed you.^ And on the other hand, you don’t want these minorities- Dalits, Muslims- to really get their share.
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^ Thank you, Shukti From the Editor: As far as we think, when someone chooses their room mate, what they see is if they can get along well with each other.
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^ What do you think about the Dalit student’s movement?
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Speeding bus/coaches/trucks cause many deaths. The insanity of the drivers of coaches is best witnessed from a distance. Favourite manoeuvres include high speed overtaking on blind bends and forcing other vehicles off of the road. Consequently, road travel (if absolutely necessary) is best undertaken with an experienced local driver in a good vehicle with safety belts.
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  • Bottled water is recommended, as the tap water is often unsafe for foreign stomachs, and some hand-drawn tube wells are contaminated with naturally occurring arsenic.^ The administration sink some tube-wells, knowing fully well that the water has arsenic.
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    ^ The members of that minority family are even not getting able to fetch water from the tube-well.
    • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC hrcbmdfw.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ On a number of occasions, camp officials handed some of the unregistered persons over to police, who sent them to prison under the Foreigners' Act.
    • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

    This will easily pass through filters designed only to screen out bacteria. A more environmentally friendly option is to boil your own water, or use purifying tablets. .However, nothing short of distillation will remove arsenic.
  • It's also wise to use discretion when eating from street vendors - make sure it's freshly cooked and hot.
  • Mosquitoes can be abundant in some areas and cities, and nets are often provided, even in some of the cheapest hotels.
  • Pollution can be a problem, and in some of the cities like Dhaka and Chittagong you may wish you'd brought along an oxygen tank.^ The Bangla Academy in Dhaka provides support for some artists, particularly writers and poets.
    • Culture of Bangladesh - History and ethnic relations, Urbanism, architecture, and the use of space 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ A minority hotel manager slaughtered in city's Malibagh area .
    • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC hrcbmdfw.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ On March 2, according to press reports, Dhaka City Corporation authorities evicted the dwellers of a slum in the Dhalpur area of Dhaka and demolished their shelters.
    • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

    While some effort has been shown recently to clean up the country such as the banning of plastic bags, there's still a long way to go and most people use the many waterways as garbage dumps - it would be unwise to swim in most of the rivers and downright senseless in a lake.
Amar dike takaben na!
.Foreign tourists are still very much a novelty to many Bangladeshis - kids see you as a toy to play with, while others see you as their opportunity to practice their English with endless enthusiasm.^ Thank you, Shukti From the Editor: As far as we think, when someone chooses their room mate, what they see is if they can get along well with each other.
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^ On the other hand, they were very much worried in case of collecting the amount of the compensation and also for their security.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC hrcbmdfw.org [Source type: Original source]

Most however, are content to just look... and look... and look. If it becomes too much, Amar dike takaben na roughly means "please stop staring at me!!"... but use the !! sparingly.
Most Bangladeshis are religious but fairly liberal and secular points of view are not uncommon. The people are in general very hospitable, and a few precautions will keep it this way:
  • As in most neighboring countries the left hand is considered unclean, used for toilet duties, removing shoes, etc. .Always use your right hand to offer or receive anything, and to bring food to your mouth.
  • Men should never attempt to shake hands with or touch local women — simply put your hand on your heart and bow slightly to greet.
  • Mosques are sometimes off-limits to non-Muslims and certain areas of them off-limits to women.^ Incidents of vigilantism against women--sometimes led by religious leaders (by means of fatwas )--at times occurred, particularly in rural areas see section 1.c.
    • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Sometimes this resulted in extrajudicial punishments, often against women, for their perceived moral transgressions, particularly in rural areas.
    • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Locals told that Khalil Bepari accompanied by about 30-35 men and women and equipped with sharp weapons attempted to build a house on the yard of Harimohan and then Harimohan and other men of the house resisted Khalil Bepari and his hired goons.
    • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC hrcbmdfw.org [Source type: Original source]

    Inquire with someone at the mosque before entering and before taking any pictures. .Cover your head and arms and legs.
  • Standing from your seat to greet elderly individuals will gain you much respect.
  • Keep in mind that Bangladesh sees only a tiny number of foreign visitors, and most locals will be genuinely curious about you, watching your every move and expression.^ Due to strong social taboos, most NGO's believed the actual number of sexual assault was much higher.
    • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

    Don't underestimate how impressionable some can be, make sure you're leaving good ones!

Cope

Electricity

Electricity is 220V 50Hz. There are three types of electrical outlets likely to be found in Bangladesh — the old British standard BS-546, the newer British standard BS-1363 and the European standard CEE-7/16 "Europlug". It's wise to pack adapters for all three.

Clothing

Most women wear either a sari or a salwar kameez - a nice and comfortable three piece outfit with a knee-length tunic (kameez), pants (salwar) and a matching scarf. Foreign women may want to consider the same. Having said this, rapid westernization has changed how modern city dwellers dress, especially the upper class. Jeans and t-shirts are common among the younger generation though remember it's polite to keep your shoulders and legs covered. This goes also for men – shorts are worn only by young boys.

Shaving

.Men can easily leave their razors at home and rely on the ever-present barber shops where a basic shave will run around Tk 10-20. Make sure they use a new blade, though you won't usually have to ask.^ On the other hand club men led by influential land grabber Ekram Uddin are also carrying physical and mental repression on members of other minority families and they are also threatening them to leave their homes.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC hrcbmdfw.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Police used batons on the protestors as they tried to enter the deputy commissioner's office to present a letter protesting the Kushtia attack.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

^ Either you stuff new castes in these categories to just make it loose any meaning or you show how Reservation based caste wars are weakening India.
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."Deluxe" shaves will run around double price and barbers will often assume foreign tourists want this, so be clear if you're just after a quick shave and don't want the dubious massage and forehead/nose shaving.^ And on the other hand, you don’t want these minorities- Dalits, Muslims- to really get their share.
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Tipping

In upscale restaurants around 7% is expected, but outside of these it's the exception not the rule.
  • Prothom Alo, [47].
  • The Daily Star, [48].
  • The Bangladesh Observer, [49].
  • The News Today, [50]
  • The New Nation, [51]
  • ABC Radio (Dhaka) - 89.2 MHz [52]
  • Radio Foorti-88.0 MHz (Dhaka), 98.4 MHz (Chittagong), 89.8 MHz (Sylhet) [53]
  • Radio Today- 89.6 MHz(Dhaka), 88.6MHz(Chittagong) [54]
  • Radio Aamar 88.4 MHz(Dhaka)
  • Bangladesh Betar (Relays BBC World Service) - 100.00 MHz
  • Washington D.C., 3510 International Drive NW, [55].

Contact

Telephone

The country code for Bangladesh is 880. .Add a 0 to make a call to any Bangladesh city or region outside the national capital.^ Regional/International Cooperation: Of the available surface water, ninety-two percent flows into Bangladesh from outside its territorial limit.
  • Country Profile - Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.un.org [Source type: Academic]

^ Regional/International Cooperation: Bangladesh is receiving support form regional and international agencies to implement the national FP-MCH Programme.
  • Country Profile - Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.un.org [Source type: Academic]

^ STATUS REPORT ON LINKS BETWEEN NATIONAL, REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL INFORMATION NETWORKS/SYSTEMS: Bangladesh signed the Montreal protocol to protect the ozone layer in 1987.
  • Country Profile - Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.un.org [Source type: Academic]

.It is not possible to access international information (directory assistance) from within Bangladesh.^ STATUS REPORT ON LINKS BETWEEN NATIONAL, REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL INFORMATION NETWORKS/SYSTEMS: Bangladesh signed the Montreal protocol to protect the ozone layer in 1987.
  • Country Profile - Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.un.org [Source type: Academic]

If you need international directory assistance, check the Internet telephone directories.
Landlines are a rarity in Bangladesh, and aren't reliable even when you can find them. Bangladesh Telephone Company Ltd. .(BTCL or formerly BTTB, known generally as T&T) is the public sector phone company and the only landline service in the country.^ Major Groups: In Bangladesh, NGOs play a major role in addition to the public sector in the Family Planning Programme both in advocacy and service delivery efforts.
  • Country Profile - Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.un.org [Source type: Academic]

^ During the stoppages the organization or group calling for the action generally permitted only emergency services and nonmotorized vehicles on the streets.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

Mobile phones are a better bet and widely available. In most towns they'll be your only option, and many shop owners let theirs double as PCO's / ISD's. Banglalink [56] and Grameenphone [57] are the most widely available, followed by Citycell [58], Aktel [59], Teletalk [60] and Warid [61]. Except Citycell all work on the GSM network and offer prepaid packages at reasonable prices – usually about Tk 140 ($2) to get started. .International calls are possible, and often more reasonably priced than you would expect if you're calling the US or major European countries although prices can rise drastically as you get more off the beaten path.^ Ofcourse it is another thing that he is more Hindu than most of us.
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^ You have been consistently writing on the rise of Hindu nationalism in the country.
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^ (AFP, 5/28/06) 2006 Jun 8, A boat carrying more than 70 people capsized in rough waters off Bangladesh's coast.
  • Timeline Bangladesh 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC timelines.ws [Source type: News]

.E-ISD facility offered by different mobile phone service providers can reduce the cost significantly.^ Telephone access, administered by local telephone ladies, soon provided phone service to over 50,000 rural villages.
  • Timeline Bangladesh 20 September 2009 2:02 UTC timelines.ws [Source type: News]

For the E-ISD service dial 012 instead of 00/+.

Internet

Internet is available in most of the larger towns, with prices hovering around Tk 15-20/hour. Most are on broadband connections, but speed does not meet international standards. WiMAX service is now available from some internet service providers. .You can also find WiFi connectivity in some places around the big cities.^ This is a big challenge for Dalit activists, as you have to find partners among OBCs in this battle.
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Internet calls may be be possible, though the Information Ministry has outlawed them. Try Dialpad [62], Hotelphone [63], Mediaring [64] or Skype [65]. .You'll likely need your own microphone/headphone.^ I would urge people like Mr. Kashem, please, please don’t do vote politics when your own people are dying.
  • Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC hrcbmdfw.org [Source type: Original source]

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  1. A country in South Asia.^ State) see selected reports listed under South Asia Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Bangladesh (U.S. Dept.
    • Guide to Law Online: Bangladesh - Law Library of Congress (Library of Congress) 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.loc.gov [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Country Maps & Profiles Africa Antarctica Asia Australasia & Oceania Europe North America South America .
    • Worldpress.org - Bangladesh Profile 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.worldpress.org [Source type: News]

    ^ Overview Bangladesh is one of the few countries in South Asia, offering plentiful green land with a rich and glorious history.
    • Tourism Bangladesh, Bangladesh Travel Guide, Tourism in Bangladesh 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC bangladesh.saarctourism.org [Source type: News]

    Official name: People's Republic of Bangladesh.

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People's Republic of Bangladesh

গনপ্রজাতন্ত্রী বাংলাদেশ (Gôno Projatontri Bangladesh)

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Official flag Coat of Arms
National information
National motto: none
National anthem: "Amar Shonar Bangla (My Golden Bengal)"
About the people
Official languages: Bengali
Population: (# of people)
  - Total: 144,319,628 (ranked 7)
  - Density: 1,000 per km²
Geography / Places
[[Image:|250px|none|country map]] Here is the country on a map.
Capital city: Dhaka
Largest city: Dhaka
Area
  - Total: 144,000 (ranked 91)
  - Water:n/a km² (7.0%)
Politics / Government
Established: December 16, 1971
Leaders: President: ZillurRahaman

Prime Minister: Sheikh Hasina

Economy / Money
Currency:
(Name of money)
Taka (BDT)
International information
Time zone: +6
Telephone dialing code: +880
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Bangladesh is a country in South Asia, located next to the North-east Indian provincial regions of India, which converges with Southeast Asia to the east. Its full name is The People's Republic of Bangla-Desh. The capital and the largest city is Dhaka (also spelled 'Dacca'). Bangladesh is surrounded on all three sides by the Republic of India (Bharat), and is in close proximity to the People's Republic of China, Bhutan, Sikkim and Nepal. It's independence was fully realised after it declared it self as independent most of 1971 from Pakistan after a bloody war in which over a million people died. Later by Indian military intervention, by that time the provisional government went into exile in Calcutta, Bengal (India) which they considered their homeland to be under Pakistani military occupation. After the Instrument of Surrender, the Bengali peoples became a sovereign nation and when it's founder was released from political imprisonment had returned in 1972. Present-day Bangladesh has an area of 55,126 mi² or (142,776 km²). It is bigger than Tajikistan but smaller than Nepal.

The local currency is called Taka. The official language is Bengali.

There are two main rivers in Bangladesh, the Ganga River and the Brahmaputra rivers are holy to Hindus. There are often floods because of these two rivers.

History

Bangladesh used to be called East Bengal, after they had fought hard for a Muslim homeland in 1947 and was made a part of United Pakistan, However by 1955 it's citizens were commonly refered to as East Pakistanis. Dacca was then the legislative capital of Pakistani Bengal provincial region. The peoples of East Pakistan were mostly ethnic Bengalis who had a different language and culture to the people of western Pakistani. These differences eventually led to Civil war. On 16 December 1971, Bangladesh gained independence, with the help of allied forces against West Pakistani forces.

After the birth of Bangladesh, Bangla replaced Urdu and English as the sole national and official language, and was the language taught in schools and used in business and government. The Bangla Academy was important in this change. In the 1980s, British-style education was maintained through private English-language institutions attended by upper class children. English continued to be taught in higher education and was offered as a subject for university degrees.

At first, Arabic also lost ground in independent Bangladesh. This trend ended in the late 1970s, however, after Bangladesh strengthened its ties with Saudi Arabia and other oil-rich, Arabic-speaking countries. An unsuccessful attempt was made in 1983 to introduce Arabic as a required language in primary and secondary levels. Arabic is widely studied in Madrassas and Islamic institutions around the country for better understanding of the Quran, Hadith and any other Islamic texts.

Difficulties

Despite 30 years of independence, Bangladesh is still a very poor country and has problems with corruption and political troubles. Less than half of the people can read and write.

Bangladesh has heavy cyclones and natural disasters, which because the country is one of the most densely populated in the world, many lives are often lost. Cyclones are very common in the Bay of Bengal during the middle of the year, particularly in the south of country in areas like Sundarban, Chittagong, Cox's Bazaar or in neighboring Myanmar and Republic of India. Despite the many storms, Bangladesh does not have a very effective storm prevention system, and cyclones usually inflict heavy damage.

National symbols of Bangladesh

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