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Barisal Town Hall
Location of Barisal District in Bangladesh
|• Total||2,784.52 km2 (1,075.11 sq mi)|
|• Density||830/km2 (2,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||BST (UTC+6)|
Barisal District, officially known as Barishal District, is a district in south-central Bangladesh, formerly called Bakerganj district, established in 1797. Its headquarters are in the city of Barisal, which is also the headquarters of Barisal Division.
Barisal District is a district in southern Bangladesh and is also the headquarter of Barisal Division. Barisal District traces its origins to Bakerganj district which was established in 1797. It was placed in Barisal Division on 1 January 1993.
Barisal District had a population of 2,324,310 at the 2011 Census (provisional).
Barisal's economic is mostly based on farming and fishing.
Barisal is served by the Barisal Airport which is located just outside the city. It has frequent flight services to Dhaka via Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Novo Air, US-Bangla Airlines, and GMG Airlines.
Notable educational institutions in Barisal include Sher-e-Bangla Medical College, University of Barisal, Barisal Cadet College, Govt. B M College, Govt. Barisal College, Govt. Hatem Ali College, Govt. Woman's College, Barisal Polytechnic Institute, Govt. Fazlul Huq College, Barisal Technical School and College, A. Karim Ideal College, and Ideal Cadet School & College.
Barisal District is divided into the following Upazilas (formerly called Thanas):
- Agailjhara Upazila
- Babuganj Upazila
- Bakerganj Upazila
- Banaripara Upazila
- Barisal Sadar Upazila
- Gaurnadi Upazila
- Hizla Upazila
- Mehendiganj Upazila
- Muladi Upazila
- Wazirpur Upazila
Culture and places of interest
The Bangabandhu Uddan (former Bell's Park) is a place inside Barisal City, right on the banks of the Kirtonkhola (or Kirton Khola) river. South of Barisal city there is a beach town, Kuakata. There are several hotels and motels in Kuakata. This is where the Marma live. Southeast, over the Kirtonkhola, Shahid Abdur Rab Serniabat Bridge was inaugurated in 2011.
- Mahapran Jogendra Nath Mandal, a Dalit and leader of the Namasudra community, was born here. He had fought throughout his political life against the upper caste Hindu overlings for the bare needs of the outcast and downtrodden, but sadly his nonesuch role in the history of the Subcontinent has been hidden by communal historians.
- A. K. Fazlul Huq politician, Chief Minister of undivided Bengal & Governor of erstwhile East Pakistan
- Abdul Gaffar Choudhury, journalist, who wrote Amar Bhaier Rokte Rangano to mark the Bengali Language Movement.
- Abdur Rahman Biswas, politician, President of Bangladesh
- Mahanambrata Brahmachari, Hindu saint
- Tofazzal Hossain Manik Miah, founder editor of The Daily Ittefaq
- Jibanananda Das, Bengali poet
- Kusumkumari Das, poet and mother of Jibanananda Das
- Aswini Kumar Dutta, founder of BM College
- Shamsuddin Abul Kalam, Bangladeshi novelist
- Sufia Kamal, poet of Bangladesh
- Altaf Mahmud, music director & lyrician, who composed Amar Bhaier Rokte Rangano
- Brajamohan Dutta, Bengali philanthropist and social worker
Acharya Devaprasad Ghosh, also called the Ramanujan of Modern Times, a great mathematician and a greater educationist. One of the founder members of Bharatiya Jana Sangha ( now BJP of India ). Anil Biswas , the famous music director of yesteryears in Bollywood.
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- KAM Saiful Islam (2012). "Barisal District". In Sirajul Islam and Ahmed A. Jamal. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
- About Barisal Local Government Engineering Department, Local Government Division, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development & Cooperatives; retrieved 14 May 2014.
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