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Bangladesh

The Country :
The People's Republic of Bangladesh

GDP:
Real GDP growth (Est.) 2005-2006: 6.7%
Population 2005-2006 : 140 million.

Geographical Location:
South Asia, between 20/34 and 26/38 north latitude and between 88/01 and 92/41 east longitued ; consists of flat fertile alluvial land.

Boundary
North-India (West Bengal and Meghalaya), West-India (West Bengal), East-India ( Tripura and Assam) and Myanmar, South - Bay of Bengal.

Area
59.977 sq.miles or 1,47,570 sq. km . Territorial water 12 nautical miles in the high seas measured from the base line.

Capital City
Dhaka, Metropolitan Area 1528 sq. km.
Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh is situated almost in the middle of the country on the bank of the river Buriganga. This historic city was founded in 1608 A.D. by the Muslim MughalEmperors and has a rich history of more than 2000 years. The city has all modem facilities with international hotels equipped with all modem communication systems. The places of historical interest in the city are National Museum, Lalbagh Fort, Baldha Garden, Ahsan Manzil (Palace), Bukland Embankment, Bara Katra, Chhoto Katra, Zoo etc. Besides, the National Mausoleum at Savar and the Folk Museum at Sonargaon are two attractive places within reasonable distance.


National Parliament

Standard Time
GMT + 6 Hours

Climate and Climatic Variation
Sub-tropical monsoon. Winter (November-February) Temperature: average maximum 29°C, average minimum 11°C; Summer (March-June) Temperature: average maximum 32°C, average minimum 21°C; Monsoon (July-October).

Rainfall
1194 mm to 3454 mm (average during monsoon, June­August)
Humidity
Highest: 99 per cent (July), Lowest: 36 per cent . (December and January)



"Paharpur Buddhist Archaic Site "

Vegetation
Grassland, mixed evergreen and evergreen

Population Growth Rate
1.56 percent (1999-2000)

Infant Mortality Rate
72.8 per 1000 (under lyear)

Ethnic Groups
Predominantly mixed group of Proto Austroloidsl Dravidians, Mongoloids and Aryans

Language
95 percent BangIa and 5 percent other dialects. English is widely spoken.



Shaheed Minar

Religion
Muslim (88.3%), Hindu (10.5%), Buddhist (0.6%), Christian (0.3%) and Animists and believers in tribal faiths (0.3%)

Food
Rice, Vegetables, Pulses, Fish and Meat

Principal Crops and Fruits
Rice, Wheat, Jute, Tea, Tobacco, Sugarcane, Pulses, Oilseeds, Spices, Potatoes, Vegetables, Banana, Mango, Coconut and Jackfruit

Principal Rivers
Padma, Brahmaputra, Jamuna, Meghna, Karnaphuli, Teesta, etc. Total 230 rivers including tributaries

Mineral Resources.
Natural gas, Lime stone, hard rock, coal, lignite, silica sand, white clay, radio active sand, etc. (There is immense possibility of oil deposit)



National Martyr's Memorial

Human Resources
A Substantial manpower reserve, trained and skilled, engineers, technicians, physicians, economists, accountants, administrative and managerial personnel, abundance of easily trainable and adaptable, hard working, intelligent and youthful labour force is available with English spoken.

Form of Government
The country has a Parliamentary Form of Government headed by the Prime' Minister. The President is the constitutional head of the State.

Principal Industries
Jute, Tea, Textiles, Garments, Paper, Newsprint, Fertilizer. Leather and Leather Goods, Sugar, Cement, Fish Processing, Pharmaceuticals, Chemicals, Light Engineering, Ceramic, etc.

Principal Exports
Readymade garments, frozen food and shrimp, tea, raw jute ,jute products, leather and leather products, chemical fertilizer, ceramic tableware, etc.

Principal Imports
Wheat, oil seeds, crude petroleum, raw cotton, edible oil, petroleum products, fertilizer, cement, staple fibers, yarn iron and steel, capital goods and machinery, etc.

Airports
Dhaka, Chittagong, Jessore, Sylhet, Cox's Bazar, Rajshahi, Barisal and Saidpur.

SeaPorts: Chittagong and Mongla

Television Stations:
Dhaka, Chittagong


Panoramic View of Foy's Lake, Chittagong

Television Sub-Stations
Sylhet, Khulna, Natore, Mymensingh, Rangpur, Noakhali, Brahmanbaria and Saidpur.

Private Channels Channel I, ATN BangIa

Radio Stations
Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Khulna, Rangpur, Sylhet, Rangamati, Comilla and Thakurgaon

Educational Institutions
No. of Universities 9 General 2 Technical and 1 Islamic, Private University 39.
No. of Colleges: 1,046
No. of Secondary Schools: 10,253
No. of Engineering Colleges: 4
No. of Polytechnic Institutes: 20
No. of Primary Schools: 63,000

Currency:
Taka 1.00 = 100 Paisa