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Bangladesh


The People’s Republic of Bangladesh, the erstwhile East Pakistan, is a country in South Asia with a population of close to 160 million living in a land area of 144,000 sq km, surrounded by India on all sides except for a small stretch with Myanmar to the southeast and by the Bay of Bengal to the south. It is the most densely populated country in the world. Its current borders were created with the partition of Bengal and India in 1947, during partition post independence. However, it was separated from mainland Pakistan by 1,600 km of Indian territory, with all communication via the Arabian Sea, around Sri Lanka and then via the Bay of Bengal.

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by YannisBZH

This separation from the seat of power and ground realities led to political, linguistic as well as economic neglect, fuelling agitations against West Pakistan which were supported by Indian Bengalis. This led to the 1971 war between India and Pakistan, which saw the liberation of East Pakistan and the birth of a new nation, Bangladesh. After independence, life did not improve in the new country, which had to endure famine, natural disasters caused by typhoons and flooding of its rivers, widespread poverty, political instability and military coups. Democracy was restored in 1991, but the quality of life has remained poor, despite relative calm and economic progress.

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The WTO’s quota regime for apparel till 2005 and the nomination of Bangladesh a Least Developed Country saw it gain economic boost from world trade in apparel and textiles, even as the Multi-fibre Agreement era was phased out post 2005. The major ethnic group are the Bengalis, at 98% of the population. The remainder are mostly Bihari migrants and local tribal groups living in the Chittagong area. Human trafficking is an ongoing problem in Bangladesh and illegal immigration continues to abrade relations with Myanmar and India.

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Bangladesh’s location sees it fall victim to annual cyclonic storms that cause widespread destruction and damage, apart from loss of life. It also sees the mighty Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers flow into the Bay of Bengal, with severe flooding in the rainy season. Bangladeshi climate is tropical. It has a hot and almost unbearably humid summer from March to June. The monsoon is warm and humid, lasting from June to October, but winter, from October to March, is mild.

Its capital city is Dhaka, with a gross population of 13 million. Other cities of note are Sylhet, Barisal, Chittagong, Rajshahi and Khulna. 15% of Bangladesh is forested; the principal forest regions include the tidal forest in the coastal Sundarbans (mangrove swamps in the Ganges delta), home to a good number of the Royal Bengal Tiger. Deer and elephants are always around. The Doel or the magpie robin is the national bird of Bangladesh. The Kingfisher and the Mynah are other birds commonly seen.

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Roads and railways are ill-maintained and boats are used most frequently. Bangladesh has two international airports, Zia international airport at Dhaka, which is well-equipped with facilities to handle passenger and cargo flights, and Patenga international airport at Chittagong. The national carrier Bangladesh Biman and a number of major airlines of the world run regular services to and from Bangladesh. There is enough accommodation for every visitor, at all budget ranges. Tourism, as an industry, is yet to take off.

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Bangladesh is at UTC + 6 hours, but observes daylight saving time between mid-June and mid-September of UTC + 7 hours. Its currency is the Taka (BDT), and the prevailing exchange rate is 1US $ = 69 BDT. Visas are required by almost all countries. Israelis are not permitted in Bangladesh.

Date posted: 5th July, 2018

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