2019 in Bangladesh

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List of years in Bangladesh

2019 (MMXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2019th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 19th year of the 3rd millennium, the 19th year of the 21st century, and the 10th and last year of the 2010s decade.

Events of 2019 in Bangladesh. The year 2019 is the 48th year after the independence of Bangladesh. It is also the first year of the fourth term of the Government of Sheikh Hasina.


President Abdul Hamid III
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury


Demographic Indicators for Bangladesh in 2019[1]
Population, total 161,356,039
Population density (per sq. km) 1,239.6
Population growth (annual %) 1.1%
Male to Female Ratio (every 100 Female) 102.5
Urban population (% of total) 36.6%
Birth rate, crude (per 1,000 people) Not available
Death rate, crude (per 1,000 people) Not available
Mortality rate, under 5 (per 1,000 live births) 30.2
Life expectancy at birth, total (years) 71.5
Fertility rate, total (births per woman) Not available


Key Economic Indicators for Bangladesh in 2019[1]
National Income
Current US$ Current BDT % of GDP
GDP $274.0 billion BDT22.5 trillion
GDP growth (annual %) 7.9%
GDP per capita $1,698.3 BDT139,473
Agriculture, value added $35.8 billion BDT2.9 trillion 13.1%
Industry, value added $78.2 billion BDT6.4 trillion 28.5%
Services, etc., value added $.0 billion BDT0.0 trillion .0%
Balance of Payment
Current US$ Current BDT % of GDP
Current account balance -$7.6 billion -2.8%
Imports of goods and services $65.5 billion BDT5.3 trillion 23.4%
Exports of goods and services $44,168.8 million BDT3.3 trillion 14.8%
Foreign direct investment, net inflows $2,940.2 million 1.1%
Personal remittances, received $15,562.4 million 5.7%
Total reserves (includes gold) at year end $32,028.4 million
Total reserves in months of imports 5.7

Note: For the year 2019 average official exchange rate for BDT was 83.47 per US$.


  • 3 January - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the ruling party Bangladesh Awami League takes oath for the 3rd consecutive term after victory at the 11th general election.[2]
  • 20 February - Fire broke out in Chowk Bazar which killed near 80 peoples with more 50+ injured.[citation needed]
  • 25 February - An aircraft hijacker attempting to hijack a plane in Chittagong Airport is gunned to death in a rescue operation thus saving the plane carrying 142 passengers from being hijacked.[3]
  • 28 February -
  • 11 March - DUCSU election held after 28 years.
  • 19 March - 7 people including 4 law enforcement officials were shot dead in Rangamati district during violence in local elections. The army was deployed in the area to bring the situation under control.[5]
  • 28 March - FR Tower fire kills at least 19 people and more 70+ injured.[6]
  • 30 March - The fourth fire of the year broke out on DNCC Market.[7]
  • 3 April - Two Bangladeshis Hussain Elius and Abdullah Al Morshed featured in the honorary internationally acclaimed magazine Forbes.[8]
  • 18 April - The year's fifth notable fire breaks out at a market in Malibagh area. Due to better preparations the fire was brought under control quicker than the previous fires. No deaths were reported.[9]
  • 1 July to 31 August - Dengue outbreak in Bangladesh. Over 20,000 people infected by the mosquito-borne disease in all 64 districts since July.[10][11] Improper cleansing of dirty water bodies have been blamed for high numbers of mosquito breeding. By August the number of infections crossed 50,000.[12][13]
  • 24 September - Various illegal casinos were raided across the country by the police force, in an effort to stop gambling which is banned in Bangladesh. Numerous gambling organizers were detained and taken to custody by the police.[14]
  • 7 October: A second year student of electrical and electronic engineering department of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), was tortured and then killed by BUET's Chhatra League leaders inside BUET's Sher-e-Bangla Hall.[15][16]
  • 20–22 October: Riots in Bhola after police opened fire on protesters protesting against a Facebook post criticizing Islam. 4 protesters killed.[17]
  • 10 November - Cyclone Bulbul killed 17 people & 14 districts were heavily affected.
  • 13 November - A train accident kills 20 people.[18][19]
  • 17 November - 7 people killed in a gas explosion in Chittagong.[20]
  • 12–13 December - The Keraniganj factory fire kills in total 12 people.[21]

Awards and Recognitions[edit]

Independence Day Award[edit]

Thirteen people and an organization were awarded.[22][23]

Recipients Area Note
Mufazzal Haider Chaudhury independence and liberation war posthumous
ATM Zafar Alam independence and liberation war posthumous
AKM Mozammel Haque independence and liberation war
Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain independence and liberation war
Kazi Misbahun Nahar independence and liberation war
Abdul Khalek independence and liberation war posthumous
Mohammad Khaled independence and liberation war posthumous
Shaukat Ali Khan independence and liberation war posthumous
Nurunnahar Fatema Begum medical science
Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad social service
Murtaja Baseer culture
Hasan Azizul Huq literature
Haseena Khan research and training
Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA) science and technology

Ekushey Padak[edit]

  1. Halima Khatun (posthumous - Language Movement)
  2. Ghulam Arieff Tipoo (language Movement)
  3. Monowara Islam (Language Movement)
  4. Azam Khan (posthumous - music)
  5. Subir Nandi (music)
  6. Khairul Anam Shakil (music)
  7. Liaquat Ali Lucky (art)
  8. Suborna Mustafa (art)
  9. Lucky Enam (art)
  10. Sayeeda Khanam (photography)
  11. Jamal Uddin Ahmed (fine art)
  12. Khitindra Chandra Baishya (War of Liberation)
  13. Biswajit Ghosh (research)
  14. Mahbubul Haque (research)
  15. Pranab Kumar Barua (education)
  16. Harishankar Jaladas (language and literature)
  17. Moinul Ahsan Saber (language and literature)
  18. Anwara Syed Haq (language and literature)
  19. Ashim Saha (language and literature)
  20. Imdadul Haq Milan (language and literature)
  21. Rizia Rahman (language and literature)



See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "World Development Indicators". The World Bank. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  2. ^ "11th parliament takes oath". Dhaka Tribune.
  3. ^ "Biman hijacker a criminal of N'ganj, Rab says". The Daily Star.
  4. ^ "Fire at Bhashantek slum doused, no casualties". Dhaka Tribune.
  5. ^ "7 shot dead in Rangamati". The Daily Star. 19 March 2019. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  6. ^ Manik, Julfikar Ali (28 March 2019). "At Least 19 Die in Office Tower Fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  7. ^ "DNCC Market fire: Fire shatters Yusuf's livelihood yet again". The Daily Star. 30 March 2019. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  8. ^ "2 Bangladeshis on Forbes 30 Under 30 list". The Daily Star. 3 April 2019. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Malibagh kitchen market fire under control". The Daily Star. 18 April 2019. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  10. ^ Dayaram, Sareena; Pokharel, Sugam. "Bangladesh hit by worst dengue outbreak on record". CNN.
  11. ^ "Dengue now in 61 districts". The Daily Star. 31 July 2019.
  12. ^ "Dengue cases to hit 50,000-mark in Bangladesh". Xinhua News Agency.
  13. ^ "DGHS: 1,157 more hospitalized for dengue in 24hrs". Dhaka Tribune. 28 August 2019.
  14. ^ "Casinos On Club Premises: Everybody knew, nobody opposed". The Daily Star. 24 September 2019.
  15. ^ "Abrar Fahad: Killing of Bangladesh student triggers protests". BBC News. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  16. ^ "9 held over Buet student Abrar murder". The Daily Star. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  17. ^ Gupta, Swati Gupta; Regan, Helen. "Four dead in Bangladesh riot over Facebook post". CNN.
  18. ^ "16 killed as two trains collide in Brahmanbaria". Dhaka Tribune. 12 November 2019.
  19. ^ "'Turna Nishitha drivers were sleeping during Brahmanbaria crash'". Prothom Alo.
  20. ^ "7 die as wall collapse in gas explosion in Chittagong". Dhaka Tribune. 17 November 2019.
  21. ^ "Death toll from Keraniganj factory fire reaches 12". The Daily Star. 12 December 2019.
  22. ^ "13 to get Independence Award". The Daily Star. 10 March 2019. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  23. ^ "Martyr Shawakat Ali nominated for Independence Award". unb.com.bd. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  24. ^ "Bangladesh win tri-nation series final". The Daily Star. 17 May 2019.
  25. ^ "'Feel sorry for Shakib'". The Daily Star. 6 July 2019.
  26. ^ "Bangladesh cricket -- will there be accountability?". The Daily Star. 7 July 2019.
  27. ^ "Ety, Sana complete Bangladesh's clean sweep in archery". The Daily Star. 9 December 2019.
  28. ^ "Celebrated singer Shahnaz Rahmatullah dies at 67". bdnews24.com. 24 March 2019.
  29. ^ কৌতুক অভিনেতা টেলি সামাদ আর নেই. The Daily Ittefaq. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  30. ^ "Former Bangladesh military dictator Ershad dies at 89". France 24. 14 July 2019.
  31. ^ "Novelist Rizia Rahman passes away". UNB. 16 August 2019.
  32. ^ "BNP leader Sadeque Hossain Khoka dies". Dhaka Tribune. 4 November 2019.