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, Awami League's Sheikh Hasina won the elections with a landslide victory and took oath of Prime Minister on the 6th January Despite 46 years of independence, Bangladesh is still a poor country and has problems with corruption and political troubles.
Presently more than half of the people can read and write. Bangladesh has heavy cyclones and natural disasters, due to this many lives are often lost.
The country is one of the most densely populated in the world. 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. Bangladesh is in the Ganges Delta. This is where the rivers Ganges , Brahmaputra , and Meghna come together. A large part of the coastline is a marshy jungle , the Sundarbans.
They are the largest mangrove forest in the world. Dhaka is the capital and largest city of Bangladesh. For more locations see List of settlements in Bangladesh. The main religion in Bangladesh is Islam The second largest religion is Hinduism 8.
Islam was made the state religion in the s in the country's constitution. The earliest literary text in Bengali is the 8th century Charyapada. Medieval Bengali literature was often either religious or from other languages. The musical tradition of Bangladesh is lyrics-based with little instruments. Folk music is often accompanied by the ektara , an instrument with only one string.
Bangladeshi dance forms are from folk traditions. Bangladesh makes about 80 films a year. Rice and fish are traditional favorite foods. Biryani is a favorite dish of Bangladeshis. The sari is by far the most widely worn dress by Bangladeshi women. The salwar kameez shaloar kamiz is also quite popular among especially the younger females, and In urban areas some women wear western attire. Among men, western attire is more widely worn. Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Adha are major religious festivals in Bangladesh.
The most important non-religious festival is Pohela Boishakh or Bengali New Year, the beginning of the Bengali calendar year. Bangladesh's exports rose 0. In August, exports rose 4. Our agriculture is doing well.
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According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, many refugees require psychosocial support due to the psychological impact of conflict and difficult conditions in the camps, but mental health services are not sufficient. By the spring of , George Harrison had established himself as the most successful ex- Beatle during the former band members' first year as solo artists;     in the words of biographer Elliot Huntley, he "couldn't have got any more popular in the eyes of the public".
Another project was a documentary on the life and music of Ravi Shankar , Howard Worth's Raga , for which Harrison had stepped in at the last minute to provide funding  and distribution through Apple Films.
A Bengali by birth, Shankar had already brought the growing humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh to Harrison's attention, while staying at the ex-Beatle's house, Friar Park , earlier in the year. Foreign journalists had been deported from East Pakistan shortly before the Pakistani army's Operation Searchlight , and even after Mascarenhas' first-hand observations had been published, Shankar and Harrison were concerned that the mainstream media in the West were showing a reluctance to report all the facts.
As with the concerts, Harrison made a point of steering clear of the politics behind the problem, his lyrics focusing instead on the human perspective.
My friend came to me with sadness in his eyes Told me that he wanted help before his country dies Although I couldn't feel the pain, I knew I had to try Now I'm asking all of you to help us save some lives.
These lines refer to Shankar's request for help,  and "[in] deference to the Shankar context", musical biographer Simon Leng suggests, Harrison set the opening verse as a rock version of Indian music's traditional alap — "a slow introductory statement of the main ideas".
Bangla Desh, Bangla Desh Where so many people are dying fast And it sure looks like a mess I've never seen such distress Now won't you lend your hand, try to understand Relieve the people of Bangla Desh. The final verse-chorus reflects a point that former US Fund for UNICEF president Charles Lyons has identified as a perennial obstacle when addressing global issues of poverty — that the problems appear to be too big and too distant for individuals to be able to solve: .
Now, it may seem so far from where we all are It's something we can't reject That suffering, I can't neglect In this verse, the line " Now won't you give some bread to get the starving fed " contains a "clever pun", Harrison biographer Ian Inglis notes, whereby the word "bread" is used to refer to both money and food. With little time to begin rehearsing for the New York shows, the "Bangla Desh" single was rush-recorded in Los Angeles.The National Web Portal of Bangladesh (বাংলাদেশ) is the single window of all information and services for citizens and other stakeholders. Here the citizens can find all initiatives, achievements, investments, trade and business, policies, announcements, publications, statistics and others facts.