|Shah Amanat Bridge, Port of Chittagong, Court House, Bhatiary Lake, Commonwealth War Cemetery, Chittagong Circuit House, Cheragi Pahar Circle, Karnaphuli channel|
|Nickname(s): The Gateway of Bangladesh, Queen of the East|
|Granted city status||1863|
|• Body||Chittagong City Corporation|
|• City Mayor||M. Manzur Alam|
|• Metropolis City||168.07 km2 (64.89 sq mi)|
|• Metropolis City||6,500,000|
|Time zone||BST (UTC+6)|
|Website||Chittagong City Corporation|
Chittagong // (Bengali: চট্টগ্রাম Côṭṭogram; historic names: Porto Grande De Bengala and Islamabad) is the main seaport and second largest city of Bangladesh. Located on the hilly banks of the Karnaphuli River in southeastern Bangladesh, it has a population of over 6.5 million; and is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. Chittagong is an important industrial, financial and commercial hub and one of the busiest ports on the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean.
The natural harbour of Chittagong is an ancient and historic gateway of Bengal. During the Middle Ages, the region was ruled by the Sultanate of Bengal and the Kingdom of Arakan until the Mughal conquest of Chittagong in 1666. For centuries, it was a leading port on the maritime silk road, attracting traders from Arabia, Persia, Malaya, Europe, China and Africa. It was visited by several historic world explorers, including Ibn Battuta, Niccolò de' Conti and Admiral Zheng He. The Portuguese Empire established merchant settlements in the region during the 16th-century. Under Mughal imperial rule, the city was known as Islamabad. In the mid-1700s, it was taken over by the British East India Company.
By the 19th-century, Chittagong was a major port, railway terminus and divisional capital in the Bengal Presidency of British India. The city was a nationalist focal point and a centre of the anti-colonial movement. In World War II, it was a key base for Allied Forces during the Burma Campaign. After the Partition of India in 1947, Chittagong became part of East Pakistan and experienced rapid industrial and urban growth. In 1971, during the Bangladesh Liberation War, the declaration of Bangladesh's independence was proclaimed from Chittagong.
Modern Chittagong is regarded as the commercial and industrial capital of Bangladesh. It is the main international maritime gateway of the country and hosts the headquarters of numerous Bangladeshi companies. The city accounts for 12% of the national economy and contributes substantial revenue earnings and manufacturing output. It has been eyed as a potential economic hub of the wider South Asian region, with the potential hinterland of its port extending across landlocked southern Asia. Chittagong is a diverse melting pot of religious and ethnic communities in Bangladesh, including Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Christians.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography and climate
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Civil administration
- 6 Utilities
- 7 People and culture
- 8 Economy and development
- 9 Notable people
- 10 Media and communications
- 11 Tourism
- 12 Education
- 13 Health
- 14 Transport
- 15 Sports
- 16 Sister cities
- 17 See also
- 18 Gallery
- 19 References
- 20 External links
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The anglicised name Chittagong probably emerged from a mixture of the Bengali (Chattagram and Chatgaon) and Arakanese (Tsi-tsi-gong) names of the city. Medieval Arab traders referred to the port as Shetgang, which evolved from the term Shatt al-Ganga, meaning "Mouth of the Ganges". Ma Huan, who accompanied Zheng He's voyage to Bengal in the 14th century, transliterated it into Chinese as Cheh-ti-gan. Jean Bernoulli, in his book Description Historique et Geographic de L'Inde (1786), explains that the anglicised name Chittagong came from the Arabic word "Shetgang", which evolved from the term Shatt al-Ganga, meaning "Mouth of the Ganges". For centuries, Arab traders referred to the settlement as the main port of the Ganges delta and Bengal, whence the medieval practice of calling the city itself Bengala.
The Bengali names of the city are Chatgaon and Chattagram. The origins of these words are unclear; however, several theories do exist. More than six hundred years ago, an Islamic preacher Hazrat Badar Aawlia arrived in this city from the seas and chose Cheragi Pahar as his vantage point to spread the message of Islam among the locals. It was at the apex of this hill that he lit a chati (lamp) and called out (ajaan) for people to join him in saying prayer to God. Chittagong's etymology can then be traced unmistakably back to "chati". And the hills are at the core of Chittagong's mythology. Another theory is that the first group of brahmins to have settled in this region were "chatt-upadhyays". Hence, this region came to be known as chatto-gan or Chattan Gaon (Chatto/Chattan=Rock or stone) (gan or gaon is the prakrit/Bengali term for village). A fact confirming this theory is that the majority of the kayastha of this region were of the kashyap gotra, which is also the gotra of the Chattopadhyays. The Arakanese name comes from the phrase tsi tsi gong, which means "the war that should never be fought".
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The earliest historical records of the Port of Chittagong date back to the 4th century BC, when sailors from the area embarked on voyages to Southeast Asia. The 2nd century Graeco-Roman geographer Ptolemy mentioned the port on his map as one of the finest harbours in Asia and the eastern frontier of the Indian subcontinent. The 7th century traveling Chinese scholar and poet Xuanzang described it as "a sleeping beauty emerging from mists and water".
The region was part of the ancient Bengali kingdoms of Harikela and Samatata. According to Tibetan chronicles, the area was the capital of the Buddhist king Govindachandra and the site of a major monastery called Pandit Vihara. Arab and Persian traders arrived in the 8th century, and the region emerged as a major trading centre on the maritime silk route, renowned for its pearls, rice, and textiles. Chittagong also attracted many Sufi missionaries who settled in the region and played an instrumental role in the spread of Islam. In 1231, Chittagong was seized by the Deva dynasty under the reign of Damodaradeva.
Sultan Fakhruddin Mubarak Shah of Sonargaon conquered Chittagong in 1340. Sultan Giasuddin Mubarak Shah constructed a highway from Chittagong to Chandpur and ordered the construction of lavish mosques and tombs. The Moroccan explorer Ibn Battuta visited the city in 1443 and sailed from the port to Canton in China. The Italian merchant Niccolò de' Conti visited the city around the same time as Battuta. In the mid-15th century, the Chinese Treasure Fleet of Admiral Zheng He anchored in the port during numerous imperial missions to the Sultanate of Bengal. The Ottoman Empire utilized the shipyards of Chittagong to build its naval forces. After the defeat of Mahmud Shah at the hands of Sher Shah in 1538, the Arakanese Kingdom of Mrauk U conquered Chittagong. The Portuguese established merchant communities on the banks of the Karnaphuli in 1528. In collusion with Magh pirates and the Arakanese, Portuguese traders dominated the area for more than a century. The Mughal commander Shayestha Khan and his son Buzurg Umed Khan expelled the Arakanese from the area in 1666 and established Mughal rule there. After the Arakanese expulsion, Islamabad, as the area came to be known, economically progressed. This can mainly be attributed to an efficient system of land-grants to selected diwans or faujdars to clear massive areas of hinterland and start cultivation. The Mughals, similar to the Afghans who came earlier, also built mosques having a rich contribution to the architecture in the area.[clarification needed] What is called Chittagong today also began to have improved connections with the rest of Mughal Bengal.
Chittagong was ceded to the British East India Company by Mir Qasim, the Nawab of Bengal, in 1760. An English legend once claimed that the East India Company had originally intended to land in Chittagong during its first mission to Bengal in the late-1600s, but instead the wind sailed its fleet towards the shores of western Bengal.
The people of Chittagong made several attempts to gain independence from the British, notably on 18 November 1857 when the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th companies of the 34th Bengal Infantry Regiment stationed at Chittagong rebelled and released all the prisoners from jail but were suppressed by the Kuki scouts and the Sylhet Light Infantry (10th Gurkha Rifles).
The Port of Chittagong was developed from the 19th-century, alongside the development of the Assam Bengal Railway. The port was jointly administered with railway authorities, and it became an important trading point for the exports of jute, rice, tea and oil.
On 22 June 1863, the Chittagong Municipality was founded and J. D. Ward appointed as an administrator. The initial area of the municipality was only 6 square miles (16 km2). Chittagong grew at the beginning of the twentieth century after the partition of Bengal and the creation of the province of Eastern Bengal and Assam. The construction of the Assam Bengal Railway to Chittagong facilitated further development of economic growth in the city. However, revolutionaries and opposition movements grew during this time. Many people in Chittagong supported Khilafat and Non-Cooperation movements.
1930 Chittagong Uprising
In 1930, revolutionary Surya Sen formed the secret Republican Army and set up camps for revolutionary youths to train in guerrilla tactics against the British occupation of India. He devised the strategy of capturing the two main armories in Chittagong and then destroying the telegraph and telephone office, followed by capital punishment of the members of the "European Club", the majority of whom were government or military officials involved in maintaining British Raj in India. Firearms retailers were also to be raided and rail and communication lines were scheduled to be disrupted. On 18 April 1930 the armory of the police was captured by the group of revolutionaries led by Ganesh Ghosh, and another group of ten, led by Lokenath Baul, took over the Auxiliary Force armory . A total of sixty-five revolutionaries took part in the raid, which was undertaken in the name of the Indian Republican Army, Chittagong branch. After the successful raids, all the revolutionary groups gathered outside the police armory where Surya Sen took a military salute, hoisted the National Flag, and proclaimed a Provisional Revolutionary Government. The revolutionaries left Chittagong town before dawn and marched towards the Chittagong hill ranges, looking for a safe place.
On 22 April 1930, over 80 British troops and 12 revolutionaries were killed in the ensuing gunfight in the Jalalabad hills on the outskirts of Chittagong. Surya Sen decided to disperse into neighboring villages in small groups, and the revolutionaries escaped accordingly. Very few revolutionaries fled to Calcutta while some revolutionaries were arrested in Chittagong.
The "first armory raid case" filled by British government concluded in January 1932 and the judgement was delivered on 1 March 1932. The sentences were deportation for life for twelve and three years' imprisonment for two, and the rest of a total of 32 persons on trial were acquitted. Surya Sen was arrested on 16 February 1933 from Gairala village because of a tip-off from a traitor in the revolutionary group. The traitor, Netra Sen, was stabbed to death at his home by the revolutionaries before he could collect his Rupee 10,000 reward. Masterda Surya Sen was tried and was hanged on 12 January 1934 after immense torture. His body was thrown into the Bay of Bengal by the British instead of being cremated.
World War II
During World War II, Chittagong's cantonment as well as air and sea ports served as important military bases for Allied Forces fighting in the Burma Campaign. The Japanese Air Force raided the city in April and May 1942. The war had a major negative impact on the city, with the growth of refugees and unevenness in fortune, reflected in the Great Famine of 1943.
Post-colonial rule and Bangladesh
After the war, rapid industrialization saw the city grow beyond its previous municipal area, particularly in the southwest up to Patenga, where the Chittagong International Airport is now located. The former villages of Halishahar, Askarabad, and Agrabad became integrated into the city. The Chittagong Development Authority was established in 1959 and drew up master plans for the city's urban expansion. However, the Pakistani central government focused intensively on the development of Karachi in West Pakistan and long neglected the development and strategic potential of Chittagong in East Pakistan.
In 1971, during the Bangladesh Liberation War, Chittagong was under sector 1, which suffered massive losses in people and buildings given that they denied the occupation army access to the port. The first public announcement was made over the radio from the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra located at Kalurghat, Chittagong. Following the independence of Bangladesh, the city underwent a major rehabilitation and reconstruction programme and regained its status as an important port within a few years.
Geography and climate
Chittagong has a total area of 168.07 square kilometres (64.89 sq mi). The city is known for its vast hilly terrain that stretches throughout the entire district and eventually into India. The city is located at on the banks of the Karnaphuli River.
|Climate data for Chittagong|
|Record high °C (°F)||31.7
|Average high °C (°F)||26.0
|Daily mean °C (°F)||20.0
|Average low °C (°F)||13.9
|Record low °C (°F)||5.2
|Precipitation mm (inches)||5.6
|Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm)||0||1||2||6||11||17||19||17||13||7||2||1||96|
|Source #1: Weatherbase (normals, 30 yr period)|
|Source #2: Sistema de Clasificación Bioclimática Mundial (extremes), BBC Weather (humidity and sun)|
Chittagong has a population of 6.5 million. with the Metropolitan Area having a population of 4,009,423. By gender, the population was 54.36 male and 45.64 percent female. The literacy rate in the city is 60 percent. Muslims form 83.92 percent of the population. Other major religions are Hinduism (13.76 percent), Buddhism (2.01 percent), Christianity (0.11 percent), and others (0.2 percent).
Bengalis constitute the largest ethnic group, followed by adivasi ethnicities such as the Chakmas and Marmas. The Bengali-speaking Theravada Buddhists, known as Baruas, are one of the oldest communities in Chittagong, settling in around the twelfth century and are one of the last remnants of Buddhism in the sub-continent. Many Ismailis and Indo-Iranians settled in the city during the 1940s and 1950s. The descendants of Portuguese settlers, who are often known as Firingis, also live in Chittagong, as Catholic Christians, in the old Portuguese enclave of Paterghatta. There is also a small Urdu-speaking Bihari community living in the ethnic enclave known as Bihari Colony.
Chittagong has experienced a rapid reduction in urban poverty. In 2005, the poverty rate was estimated at 27.8 percent. In 2010, the rate dropped to 11.8 percent, as compared to the national average of 31.5 percent. Like other major urban centers in South Asia, Chittagong has also experienced a steady growth in its slum settlements as a result of the increasing economic activities in the city and emigration from rural areas. A study conducted by CUS in 2005 stated that there were 1,814 slums within the city corporation area, inhabited by about 1.8 million slum dwellers, the second highest in the country after the capital Dhaka. The slum dwellers often face eviction by the local authorities, charging them with illegal abode on government lands.
The Chittagong city areas are divided into several wards and mahallas, under the jurisdiction of the Chittagong City Corporation. The corporation is governed by the city mayor, who is an elected representative for a five-year term along with 41 male general ward councillors and 14 female ward councillors. The male ward councillors are elected from the 41 general wards in the city where the residents vote and elect their ward councillor as their elected representatives. The female ward councillors are elected by only the female voters of the 14 female wards to represent the city's female dwellers. The Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) is responsible for implementing the city's Master Plan.
Chittagong Metropolitan Police is the main law enforcing agency in the metropolis. Established in 1978, it employs around 5,000 personnel, having 30 police stations under it. Rapid Action Battalion-7 is present in Chittagong
The southern zone of Bangladesh Power Development Board is responsible for supplying electricity to city dwellers. The fire services are controlled by the Bangladesh Fire Service & Civil Defense department under the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The water supply and sewage system is managed by the Chittagong Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Chittagong WASA). Water is primarily sourced from Karnaphuli river before being purified in the Mohra Purification Plant.
Chittagong has extensive GSM and CDMA coverage, served by all the major mobile operators of the country including Grameenphone, Banglalink, Citycell, Robi, TeleTalk and Airtel Bangladesh. The fixed line telephone services are done by the state owned Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB), as well as some private operators. BTTB also provides broadband Internet services, along with some private ISPs, including the 4G service providers Banglalion and Qubee.
People and culture
Chittagong has attracted people from around the world. The various waves of settlements left a lasting impact on the language and culture of the city. The origins of the people of the city are diverse and multi-ethnic. The majority of the urban people are involved in the import-export, trade-commerce, and various industrial and business activities along with many other private and government sector occupations like other port cities of the globe. Mezbaan is a traditional feast that originated in this region and is usually hosted by rich people mainly on the occasion of the observance of the birth and death of Islamic prophet Muhammad. Other occasions include the death anniversary of an individual, the birth of a child, any special achievement by someone, inauguration of a new business or celebration of the entrance to a new residence. Lungi or punjabi-pajama is the most common costume for men and Saree for women. Rice and fish is the staple food of the people. Because of close affinity to the sea, seafood is quite popular. Vegetables commonly found in the market are gourds, pumpkins, various legumes, etc. Fruits include jackfruits, ice apples, coconuts, bananas, custard apple, etc. Shutki mach/dried fish is a specialty.
A good number of Arabic words are used in this dialect. This is because of the arrival of traders and missionaries from the Arabian Peninsula hundreds of years ago. Many speakers consider their language to be a dialect of standard Bengali, the official language of Bangladesh. However, the two languages are not mutually intelligible, meaning that those who know how to speak only Standard Bengali will not understand Chittagonian speakers, and vice versa - normally the metric for languagehood among linguists. There is, however, a dialect continuum between Chittagonian and neighbouring dialects of Bengali, meaning that speakers of each neighbouring dialect can largely understand each other, while speakers of more distant dialects cannot.
Chittagonian has approximately 13 million speakers. According to the number of persons who speak it as their first language, Ethnologue ranked Chittagonian 69th in the world in 2009.
Economy and development
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Chittagong is the chief maritime gateway of Bangladesh and a premier commercial, financial and industrial hub. The port city accounts for 12% of the national economy; generating 40% of heavy industrial output, 85% of foreign trade and 60% of revenue earnings. The Port of Chittagong is one of the busiest seaports on the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean basin, handling an estimated $60 billion in annual trade in 2011. The city is also one of the twin financial centers of Bangladesh, being home to the Chittagong Stock Exchange, which has a combined market capitalization of $26.6 billion as of 2013.
Endowed with the largest and most diversified industrial base in the country, Chittagong is the centre of industries in steel, petroleum, chemicals, shipbuilding, ship-repair and scrappage, glass manufacturing, cement, ceramics, fertilizer, automotive components and motor vehicle assembly. It hosts numerous light industrial zones which specialize in garments, leather products, food processing, tea, sports goods and jute products. The Chittagong Export Processing Zone, which is the largest export processing zone in Bangladesh, was ranked by the Financial Times as one of the world's top best special economic zones, in terms of competitiveness and economic potential. The Karnaphuli Export Processing Zone in North Patenga is also one of the largest manufacturing hubs in Bangladesh. The billion dollar under-construction Korean EPZ, being set up by investors from South Korea, will feature the world’s largest garments and shoe factories.
The textile industry in Chittagong exported more than $4.5 billion worth of garments in the fiscal year 2011-12. Chittagong has also led the Bangladeshi shipbuilding boom, exporting ocean-going vessels worth more than $400 million as of 2012. It hosts several major pharmaceutical companies and their manufacturing plants.
The port city is the headquarters of numerous Bangladeshi companies and industrial conglomerates, including the Ispahani Group, the A K Khan Group, BSRM, the Habib Group, the PHP Group, Western Marine Shipyard, the T K Group of Industries, the KDS Group, Clewiston Group, James Finlay Bangladesh and the Bangladesh Shipping Corporation. There are over 50 banks and financial institutions in Chittagong, including HSBC, Standard Chartered and Citigroup. Chittagong is also home to the three main petroleum distribution companies of Bangladesh, including the Jamuna Oil Company, the Padma Oil Company and Meghna Petroleum. Founded in 1959, the Chittagong Chamber of Commerce & Industry serves as the main chamber of commerce in the city.
Chittagong is the centre of the commodity trade in Bangladesh. The vibrant wholesale bazaars in Khatunganj, Asadganj and Chatkai are the main supply point for imported commodities and raw materials for the entire Bangladeshi market. These bazaars are dominated by traditional Chittagonian traders who are known as swadagars. The Chittagong Tea Auction was set up by Commonwealth investors in 1949. With the growth of tea exports from East Pakistan and later Bangladesh, it became one of the leading auction houses of the international tea trade. Today, however, the auction mainly caters to the domestic market.
Exports from consist chiefly of ready made garments, knitwear, frozen food, jute and jute products, leather and leather products, tea, and chemical products. There is also a large trade by country boats, bringing chiefly cotton, rice, spices, sugar and tobacco. Sailing ships built in Chittagong include the Betsey, the Argo, and the Mersey. Ship breaking was introduced to the area in 1969. This industry is concentrated at Faujderhat, a 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) long beach 20 kilometres (12 mi) north-west of Chittagong.
Around 40 percent of the heavy industrial activities of the country is located in Chittagong city and adjacent areas, which include drydocks, dock yards, an oil refinery, steel mills, power plants, cement clinker factories, automobile industry, pharmaceutical industry, chemical plants, Cable manufacturing, textile manufacturing, jute mill, urea fertilizer factory along with other private sector medium size industrial developments and activities. In 2000, 15% of the total manufacturing GDP of Bangladesh was contributed by Chittagong. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, Chittagong registered a GDP of $25.5 billion in 2008 with an annual growth rate of 6.3%.
Currently, there are three export processing zones (EPZ) in Chittagong, two state owned and another private. The main Chittagong Export Processing Zone, operated by the Bangladesh Export Processing Zone Authority (BEPZA), is the largest export processing zone in Bangladesh with 453 acres of land located in South Halishahar. In June 2010, the London-based magazine The Financial Times ranked it the 3rd Best Cost Competitive Zone in the world and the 4th in the Best Economic Potential for Fiscal Year 2010-11. The Karnaphuli Export Processing Zone, also operated and owned by BEPZA, is located in North Patenga, with an area of 222 acres. The other private EPZ, the Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ), was established and operated by the South Korean company Youngone Corporation. The KEPZ is expected to attract foreign direct investment worth $1 billion. The KEPZ is also home to the world's largest shoe manufacturing unit.
Chittagong is the site of Bangladesh's busiest port, handling 92 percent of all Bangladeshi imports and exports. The strategic location of the port has allowed for interest by investors to help improve the city.
The Chittagong Tea Auction is one of the major exchanges of the global tea industry, along with the Calcutta, Mombasa, and Colombo auctions. Most of the International trading are believed to be done from Khatunganj, Asadganj & Chaktai area. The Sawdagars (Traditional local merchants) of Chittagong still control the entire Bangladesh Market in this import oriented country.Agrabad is often known as Chittagong's chief commercial region. Major banks like HSBC, Standard Chartered, Citibank, Mercantile Bank Limited, Premier Bank, Dutch Bangla Bank, BRAC Bank, Dhaka Bank Limited, Bangladesh Bank, Eastern Bank, Sonali Bank, and Rupali Bank have offices in and around the city. Numerous investments have allowed for a construction boom similar to Dhaka. Over the years, scores of hotels, shopping malls, and other modern buildings have sprung up to change the face of the city. Ongoing developments include various multi-story shopping malls and the World Trade Centre Chittagong.
Among major British businesses with a strong heritage in Chittagong include Lloyds, Standard Chartered (formerly the Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China), Burmah Oil (whose Bangladesh division is the present-day Padma Oil Company), Unilever (formerly Lever Brothers), British Oxygen, the P&O Group (formerly Mckenzie and Mckenzie), British American Tobacco, and Royal Dutch Shell. Historic trading companies of the British Empire with their roots in Chittagong include James Finlay, Duncan Brothers, Turner Morrison, James Warren, and Raleigh Brothers.
- Abdul Hakim, 17th-century poet
- Daulat Qazi, 17th-century poet and nobleman
- Hafiz Rashid Khan 19th-century poet
- Blanaid Salkeld, Irish poet
- Syed Sultan, 16th-century poet
- Mahfuz Anam James, Singer, Guitarist and Composer
- Ustad Alauddin Khan, master of Indian classical music
- Mihir Rakshit, Indian economist
- Muhammad Yunus, winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize
- Charles John Stanley Gough, Anglo-Irish general
- Sarat Chandra Das, 19th-century Indian scholar
- Jack Stephens, Academy Award winning-choreographer
- Surya Sen, anti-British revolutionary
- Agha Hasan Abedi, Pakistani financier and founder of BCCI bank
- Mirza Ahmad Ispahani, Bangladeshi businessman
- Jamal Nazrul Islam, astrophysicist
- Raja Tridev Roy, King of the Chakmas
- Binod Bihari Chowdhury, anti-British revolutionary and Language Movement veteran
- Bibi Russell, Bangladeshi fashion designer and former international model
- A K Khan, Bangladeshi businessman
- Pritilata Waddedar, anti-British revolutionary
- Morshed Khan, former Foreign Minister of Bangladesh
- Jatindra Mohan Sengupta, Indian revolutionary
- Tamim Iqbal, Bangladesh national cricket team player
- Monica Yunus, Bangladeshi-Russian-American soprano
- Ahmede Hussain, Bangladeshi writer and journalist
- Zamor, French revolutionary
Media and communications
There are several newspapers, including daily newspapers, opposition newspaper, business newspapers based in Chittagong. Daily newspapers include Dainik Azadi, Peoples View, The Daily Suprobhat Bangladesh, Purbokon, Life, Karnafuli, Jyoti, Rashtrobarta and Azan. Furthermore, there are a number of weekly and monthly newspapers. These include weeklies are Chattala, Jyoti, Sultan and the monthlies are Sanshodhani, Purobi, Mukulika, Simanto. The only press council in Chittagong is the Chittagong Press Club. Government owned Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar have transmission centres in Chittagong. Chittagong has been featured in all aspects of popular culture such as television, movies, journal, music and books. Almost all the TVs and radios of Bangladesh have coverage in Chittagong. Renowned Bollywood film director Ashutosh Gowariker directed a movie based on the 1930s Chittagong Uprising where Abhishek Bachchan played the lead role.
The city of Chittagong is a major tourist attraction in Bangladesh. Its green hills and forests, its broad sandy beaches and its fine cool climate always attract the holiday-makers. Described by the Chinese traveller poet, Huen Tsang (7th century AD) as "a sleeping beauty emerging from mists and water" and given the title of "Porto Grande" by the 16th-century Portuguese seafarers. Chittagong is filled with dense green forests, endless rolling hills, a moderate climate and breathtaking beaches. Since the 7th century, Chittagong has been mentioned in many documents as a seaport of mystical beauty and magnificent charm. The bustling harbour stands in stark contrast to the tranquillity and peaceful surroundings of the city.
The city has experienced many hotels and guesthouses coming in recent years. Many high end private hotels such as Hotel Agrabad, Hotel Well Park Residence, The Peninsula Chittagong, Hotel Harbour View, Hotel Meridian, Avenue Hotels and Suites etc. In the recent years more than 20 hotels have launched operation in the port city to meet standards of foreign businessman, clients, dealers and tourists. Most of these hotels are located in Agrabad Commercial Area, Nasirabad, CDA Avenue etc.
Patenga Beach is one of the popular tourist spots for visitors in Chittagong. The beach lies approximately twenty-two kilometres away from the city of Chittagong, and is reachable by a straight, long road through a beautiful forest. It is located near landmarks which include the Shah Amanat International Airport and the BNS Isha Khan Naval Base. Patenga Beach is located at the 'Karnaphuli' River mouth and stretches across the Bay of Bengal. Another tourist attraction near Patenga beach is the Butterfly Park.
Foy's Lake is a human-made lake in Chittagong, Bangladesh. The lake was once just a lake and spillway constructed by Assam-Bengal Railway engineer. It was dug in 1924 and was named after the English engineer Mr. Foy. The lake is next to Batali Hill, the highest hill in Chittagong Metropolitan area. An amusement park, managed by the Concord Group, is located here which features usual theme park rides and attractions as well as boat rides on the lake, landscaping, restaurants, concerts with floating stages, scenic walking trails and many other fun activities. It also features a resort and a water park.
Batali Hill is the highest hill in the city of Chittagong, Bangladesh. It is located near the Tiger Pass crossing, about 1 kilometres from the center of the city, and falls under the Pahartoli Thana. The hill is about 280 feet high. Foy's Lake, the largest man-made lake in Chittagong city, is situated next to the hill. There is also an Eternal Flame ("Shikha Onirban") commemorating the Bangladesh Liberation War martyrs 
Shrine of Bayazid Bostami
Bayazid Bostami was a famous Persian Sufi born in Bostam, Iran. In Bayazid area of Chittagong, there is a shrine to his name, known as Bayazid Bostami Dargah Sharif, considered to be a holy place and attracted by a large number of visitors and pilgrims daily. It is a complex consists of a tomb surrounded by brick made structure along with an old mosque and a large pond. The large pond houses a large number of black soft-shelled turtles known as Bostami Turtle or Bostami Kachim (locally called Mazari) which are a very rare and critically endangered species. As of 2002, the IUCN classified the species as Extinct in the Wild.
There is a heritage park called Shaheed Zia Memorial Complex and Mini Bangladesh at Chandgaon which reflects the most notable structures and instances of Bangladesh. This 71-metre tower in Mini Bangladesh in Chittagong has a restaurant on the top that rotates once every 90 minutes. The museum includes a revolving restaurant. One can perceive of the country's architectural beauty, ethnic traditions and archaeological inheritance through having a glimpse of the heritage park. Replica of major structures of the country, includes Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban (parliament building), National Memorial of Savar, Ahsan Manzil, Curzon Hall of Dhaka University, Paharpur Monastery, Kantajew Temple of Dinajpur, Lalbagh Fort and Sona Masjid. The park also has different rides for children.
Ethnological Museum of Chittagong
The Ethnological Museum of Chittagong located in Agrabad, established in 1965, is the only ethnological museum in the country. It offers the visitors the chance to acquaint with the lifestyles and heritage of various ethnic groups of the country. The museum authority had collected rare elements used in everyday lives of different ethnic groups, of which some had already become extinct while some were on the verge of extinction. The museum contains four galleries and a small hall. Three galleries of the museum feature diverse elements of twenty nine ethnic groups in Bangladesh, while the rest of the gallery displays the lifestyles of some ethnic groups of India, Pakistan and Australia. The sculptures of the people of different ethnic communities and a piece of broken Berlin Wall attracts visitors, who can get impression of different festivals, livelihoods, and cultures of the communities from the murals set up at the hall room. These are reminiscent of the museum in the film Planet of the Apes. Around 200-300 people visit the museum everyday.
Commonwealth War Cemetery
The Commonwealth War Cemetery on Badshah Mia Road contains the graves of 755 soldiers, and is protected and maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. This cemetery was established to show the honor for the soldiers and others who died in World war II. The cemetery was created by the British Army, and there were originally about 400 burials. Graves have since been transferred to this cemetery from the Lushai Hills (Assam) and other isolated sites, and from Chittagong Civil Cemetery; Chandragona Baptist Mission Cemetery; Chiringa Military Cemetery; Cox's Bazar New Military and Civil (Muhammadan) Cemeteries; Chittagong (Panchalaish) Burial Ground; Dacca Military Cemetery; Demagiri Cemetery; Dhuapolong Muslim Burial Ground; Dhuapolong Christian Military Cemetery; Dohazari Military and R.A.F. Cemeteries; Jessore Protestant Cemetery; Khulna Cemetery; Khurushkul Island Christian and Muhammadan Cemeteries; Lungleh Cemetery (Assam); Nawapara Cemetery (Assam); Patiya Military Cemetery, Rangamati Cemetery; Tejgaon Roman Catholic Cemetery; Tumru Ghat Military Cemetery and Tumru M.D.S. Hospital Cemetery.
There are a number of museums in Chittagong. The most prominent is the Zia Memorial Museum which is housed in the old circuit house building. Former President Ziaur Rahman was assassinated there on 30 May 1981. This commemorative museum houses the Late President Zia's mementos and personal belongings. It was established in 1993 with 12 galleries.
The education system of Chittagong is similar to that of rest of Bangladesh. There are mainly four forms of schooling. The general education system, conveyed in both Bangla and English versions, follows the curriculum prepared by the National Curriculum and Textbook Board under the education ministry. Students have to go through four major board examinations, Primary School Certificate (PSC), Junior School Certificate (JSC), Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC) before moving to higher education. The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Chittagong is responsible to govern the SSC and HSC examinations in the city.
The Madrasah education system is primarily based on Islamic studies but other subjects are also taught. Students are prepared to qualify Dakhil and Alim examinations, controlled by the Bangladesh Madrasah Education Board, which are equivalent to SSC and HSC examinations of the general education system respectively.
There are also several private schools, usually referred to as English medium schools which follow the General Certificate of Education. The British Council supervises the O Levels and A levels examinations under Cambridge International and Edexcel examination boards, which are conducted twice a year.
Chittagong College, established in 1869, is the earliest modern institution for higher education in the city. Chittagong University, Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology & Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University are three public universities in Chittagong. Chittagong Medical College is the only government medical college in Chittagong. Chittagong is home to two of the nation's most prominent public universities, and is the site of one of Bangladesh's largest universities, the University of Chittagong, established in 1966. Chittagong University of Engineering & Technology is the only public Engineering University in Chittagong division and one of the four public engineering universities in Bangladesh, established in 1968.
The city also hosts several other private universities and medical colleges. Asian University for Women, Begum Gulchemonara Trust University, East Delta University, International Islamic University, Premier University, Southern University, University of Science & Technology Chittagong are some of them.
Chittagong has public, denominational and independent schools. Public schools, including pre-schools, primary and secondary schools and special schools are administered by the Ministry of Education and Chittagong Education Board. Chittagong has government and non-government primary schools, international schools and English medium schools.
Chittagong Medical College Hospital is the largest government-run health service provider. This huge medical has many wards, cabins and units. At present this facility also provides medical treatment of ICU and CCU for the serious patients. Other medical service institutes include General Hospital, Upazila Health Complex, Family Welfare Centre, TB Hospital, Infectious Disease Hospital, Diabetic Hospital, Mother and Children Hospital and Police Hospital. Many non government hospitals and clinics also belong to the city. Chittagong Metropolitan Hospital, Surgiscope Hospital, CSCR, Centre Point Hospital, National Hospital,Mount Hospital Ltd are some of the private hospitals and clinics.
Transport in Chittagong is similar to that of the capital, Dhaka. Large avenues and roads are present throughout the metropolis. There are various bus systems, taxis, and as well as smaller 'baby' or 'CNG' taxis, which are basically tricycle-structured motor vehicles. There are also traditional manual rickshaws, which are very common. As the population of the city began to grow extensively, the Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) has undertaken some transportation master plans to ease the traffic congestion in Chittagong. Under this plan the CDA along with the Chittagong City corporation have constructed some flyovers and expanded the existing roads within the city. There are also some other major expressways and flyovers under-construction, most notably the Chittagong City Outer Ring Road along the coast of Chittagong city. This ring road includes a marine drive along with five feeder roads and is also meant to strengthen the embankment of the coast. The government has also approved the construction of a 3.4 km under-water expressway tunnel under the Karnaphuli river to ensure better connectivity between the northern and southern parts of Chittagong, which is going to be the first of its kind in Bangladesh.
The Dhaka-Chittagong Highway, a major arterial highway, is the only way to get in the city through land. It is a very busy and a risky highway, currently it is a 2-lane highway, with upgrading to 4 lanes being implemented.
Chittagong can also be accessed by rail. It has a station on the meter gauge eastern section of the Bangladesh Railway. The headquarters of this railway are located here. There are two main railway stations in Station road and in Pahartali Thana. Trains are available traveling to the Bangladeshi cities of Dhaka, Sylhet, Comilla, and Bhairab. The Chittagong Circular Railway was introduced in 2013 to ease the traffic congestion as well as to ensure better public transport service to the commuters within the city. The railway includes high-speed DEMU trains with a carrying capacity of 300 passengers. These DEMU trains also ply on the Chittagong-Laksham route which connects the city with Comilla.
Shah Amanat International Airport serves as Chittagong's only airport, located at South Patenga. It is the second busiest airport in Bangladesh, having international service to Middle Eastern destinations such as Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Jeddah, Ras Al Khaimah, Muscat and Kolkata. At present, Middle Eastern low-cost carriers like Flydubai, AirArabia, RAK Airways, Oman Air operate flights to this destinations. It was formerly known as MA Hannan International Airport, but was renamed on 2 April 2005 by the Government of Bangladesh.
Chittagong has produced numerous cricketers, footballers and athletes who have performed in national level. Tamim Iqbal, Akram Khan, Minhajul Abedin, Aftab Ahmed, Nafees Iqbal, Nazimuddin, Faisal Hossain are some of the most prominent figures among them. Cricket is the most popular sport in Chittagong, while football, tennis, kabaddi are also popular. A number of stadiums are located in Chittagong with the main stadium being the multipurpose MA Aziz Stadium. It has a seating capacity of 20,000 and hosts football matches in addition to cricket. MA Aziz Stadium was the stadium where Bangladesh achieved its first ever Test cricket victory—which came against Zimbabwe in 2005. The stadium now focuses only on football, and is currently the main football venue of the city. Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, is currently the main cricket venue of the city, which was awarded Test status in 2006, hosting both domestic and international cricket matches. The city hosted two group matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, both of them taking place in Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. Other stadiums include Women's Complex Ground. Major sporting clubs such as, Mohammedan Sporting Club and Abahani Sporting Club are also located here.
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