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Dhaka



DHAKA BECAME the capital of the newly formed sovereign state of BANGLADESH in 1971.
The city has a tropical monsoon climate with heavy summer rainfall (June through September), about 80 in (203 cm) annually.
Summer is hot and humid and winter is dry and mild.
It is located on a tributary of the Meghna-GANGES river system and was founded by the Hindu Sena kings in the 7th century C.E.
After a Delhi-based Muslim Sultan's conquest of Bengal, Dhaka remained a regional capital between 1203 to 1764.
After the British conquest of Bengal in 1757, Dhaka became a secondary capital as Kolkata (Calcutta) became the capital of both Bengal and British India.
As a result of the partition of South Asia in 1947, the present-day Bangladesh became a province of PAKISTAN (from 1947 to 1971) and Dhaka again was relegated to a provincial capital.
National capital status in 1971 turned Dhaka into a fast-growing dynamic metropolis.
From a population base of 104,000 in 1901, and 239,000 in 1941, Dhaka has grown to 12.5 million in 2000, making it the primate city of the country, and 9th most populous metropolis of the world.
The very congested and badly maintained old city, heart of the commercial center, has given rise to a typical traditional bazaar city center.
Dhaka is one of the most homogeneous cities, as 95 percent of its population speak Bengali and 90 percent are Muslims.
Because of their number, Dhaka is designated as the City of Mosques.
Its long history bears architectural imprints from Hindu, Muslim, British, and postindependence periods.
A third of modern Dhaka's population live in dire poverty and in slums, though the rich have built buildings of brick and mortar.
Dhaka's problems are many: A preponderance of mosquitoes, high level of noise pollution, flooding after heavy rains, jammed streets with three-wheelers, buses, motorbikes, cycle-rickshaws, and pedestrians.
Dhaka prepared a metropolitan plan in 1995 based on a modern approach.
This plan addressed "residential provisions of middle and upper income groups, industrial and commercial development and intra-city transportation." The proposed flood abatement efforts include construction of huge retention ponds on the eastern and western fringes of the city.
The problem of enacting the plan is a lack of funding.

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Last News

- A tourist has robbed a Thai bank to buy a ticket home
"The Australian tourist had a great time in Thailand, as we can see. He has been staying in the South-East Asian country this man realized that he had spent all his money and now cannot get home.
In order to buy an air ticket he didn’t have a better idea, but to go and rob a bank. The Australian broke into one of the departments in the center of Bangkok city wearing a mask and with a gun in his hands, which then turned out to be a toy gun.
23-year old tourist got 170,000 baht from the tellers, but didn’t manage to hide: he was quickly arrested by the police. Being questioned the criminal explained that he took the extreme measure because he couldn’t fly back home.
Thai police was not affected by his story; and by the local law the thief faces up to 10 years jail. "

- Pavements in Great Britain are now able to bring free Wi-Fi
"Communications company from Buckinghamshire that is located to the north-west of London has offered an unusual service for local residents and guests in Chesham: a wireless internet connection is now provided by the pavements.
All the necessary equipment is installed under the so-called “smart pavement” that is capable to stand the heavy loads. At the moment the network covers the central streets and main bus stops of the town. It is planned to install the Wi-Fi zones all around Chesham.
Let us remind you that Moscow is planning to make available free Wi-Fi connection in the buses till the end of 2015. "