ISO 3166-2 Newsletter II-3 is dated 2011-12-15. For Bangladesh, all the division codes have been changed
from numbers to letters, and a code has been assigned to Rangpur. Before this update, Barisal was
5, and Sylhet
Update 1 to the U.S. standard "Geopolitical Entities and Codes" is dated 2010-08-20. It assigns a FIPS code to the new Rangpur district.
Bangladesh adopted daylight saving time for 2009, to mitigate a power shortage in the country. It has been allowed to lapse in 2010.
FIPS Publication Change Notice No. 10, affecting FIPS PUB 10-4, was issued on 2006-03-23. It assigns new FIPS codes to the Barisal and Sylhet divisions. It changes the code for Chittagong division, presumably because of its changed size.
Bangladesh is divided into bibhag (divisions), which are subdivided into 21 anchal (regions), then further into 64 zila (districts), then into about 493 thana or upazila (subdistricts), and finally into unions. ISO 3166-2 Newsletter Number I-2 was published on 2002-05-21, showing Sylhet as a new division.
At the beginning of the 20th century, India was the jewel in the crown of the British Empire. It consisted of provinces directly under British control and Native States with feudal allegiance to the British crown. After World War II, Mahatma Gandhi's campaign of passive resistance induced Britain to grant India its independence. In an attempt to avoid ethnic conflict, the country was partitioned into a Hindu section (India) and a Muslim section (Pakistan). Pakistan became a Dominion of the British Commonwealth on 1947-08-14. It consisted of two separate areas of Muslim concentration. The eastern section corresponded to the prewar district of East Bengal, plus a small part of Assam. On 1955-08-14, the two sections became the provinces of West Pakistan and East Pakistan. The two sections suffered from mutual distrust. On 1971-03-26, East Pakistan declared its independence from Pakistan. A war ensued between India and Pakistan. On 1971-12-15, Pakistan accepted defeat, and East Pakistan became a separate country, aligned with India. The new nation was initially known as Bangla Desh.
Bengali bongo: Bengali, desh: land
Bangladesh is divided into seven bibhag (divisions).
Bangladesh uses four-digit postal codes. By 2005 the Bangladesh Post Office had appended "00" to all of the codes in preparation for a six-digit scheme to be implemented in the future. At present, the fifth and sixth digits are optional.
See the Districts of Bangladesh page.
Sandwip Island, and other coastal islands to the south and east, down to Saint Martin's Island, are in Chittagong region. Hatia Island and South Hatia Island are in Noakhali region.
According to Brendan Whyte, an expert on the subject, Bangladesh has 92 exclaves in India's West Bengal state (Jalpaiguri and Koch Bihar districts). In 21 of these cases, the Bangladeshi exclave is surrounded by a patch of Indian territory which is itself an exclave in Bangladesh.
The UN LOCODE page for Bangladesh lists locations in the country, some of them with their latitudes and longitudes, some with their ISO 3166-2 codes for their subdivisions. This information can be put together to approximate the territorial extent of subdivisions.
BD.RJ). I computed the new populations and areas by adding up the data for the districts belonging to each division.
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