Sylhet District

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Sylhet

সিলেট
ꠍꠤꠟꠐ
Two landmarks of the city: Keane Bridge and Ali Amjad's Clock
Two landmarks of the city: Keane Bridge and Ali Amjad's Clock
Nickname(s): 
Jalalabad
Location of Sylhet in Bangladesh
Location of Sylhet in Bangladesh
Coordinates: 24°53′N 91°52′E / 24.883°N 91.867°E / 24.883; 91.867Coordinates: 24°53′N 91°52′E / 24.883°N 91.867°E / 24.883; 91.867
Country Bangladesh
DivisionSylhet Division
Established1782
Area
 • Total3,452.07 km2 (1,332.85 sq mi)
Population
(2016)
 • Total3,957,000[1]
Demonym(s)Sylheti, Siloti
Literacy rate
 • Total66%
Time zoneUTC+6 (BST)
Postal code
3100
Websitesylhet.gov.bd

Sylhet (Bengali: সিলেট, Sylheti: ꠍꠤꠟꠐ), located in north-east Bangladesh, is the divisional capital and one of the four districts in the Sylhet Division.

History[edit]

Sylhet district was established on 3 January 1782, and until 1878 it was part of Bengal province. In that year, Sylhet was included in the newly created Assam Province, and it remained as part of Assam up to 1947 (except during the brief break-up of Bengal province in 1905–11). In 1947, Sylhet became a part of East Pakistan as a result of a referendum (except the sub-division of Karimganj) as part of Chittagong Division.[3] It was subdivided into four districts in 1983-84. It was converted into a Division in 1995.[3]

Subdivisions[edit]

Sylhet District is divided into thirteen sub-districts or Upazilas.

They are:[3]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://population.city/bangladesh/sylhet/
  2. ^ Bangladesh at GeoHive Archived 26 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b c Ashfaq Hossain (2012). "Sylhet District". In Sirajul Islam and Ahmed A. Jamal (ed.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.