Sylhet

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Sylhet
সিলেট (Silēţ)
Metropolis
Sylhet City Corporation
Location of Sylhet from the capital within 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
Division Sylhet Division
District Sylhet District
Metropolitan city status 31 March 2009[1]
Sylhet City Corporation 9 April 2001
Municipal Board 1867
Government
 • Mayor Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran (Awami League)
Area
 • Total 26.50 km2 (10.23 sq mi)
Population (2008)[2]
 • Total 463,198
 • Density 17,479/km2 (45,270/sq mi)
 • Demonym Sylheti
 • Ethnicity[3] 99% Bengali
1% Manipuri, Khasi and others
Demographics
 • Languages Sylheti, Bengali, English
 • Literacy rate 70%
Time zone BST (UTC+6)
Post code 3100

Sylhet is a major city in north-eastern Bangladesh. It is the main city of Sylhet Division and Sylhet District. It was given metropolitan city status in March 2009.[1] Sylhet is on the banks of the Surma Valley. It is surrounded by the Jaintia, Khasi and Tripura hills. The city has almost 500,000 people. It is one of the largest cities in Bangladesh. The Sylhet region is well known for its tea gardens and tropical forests. Sylhet is one of the richest cities in Bangladesh.[4]

The city is called a City of Saints.[5] There is the mausoleum of the great saint Hazrat Shah Jalal, who brought Islam to Bengal during the 14th century.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Bangladesh clamps down on beggars" BBC News 2 April 2009, accessed 2 April 2009
  2. Statistical Pocket Book of Bangladesh Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. January 2009. Retrieved on 26 May 2009.
  3. Current Situation - Past and Present - Sylhet, Bangladesh Ethnic Community Development Organization. Retrieved on 30 May 2009.
  4. Syed Zain Al-Mahmood (28 November 2008) Bondor Bazar to Brick Lane Star Weekend Magazine - The Daily Star (Volume 7 Issue 47). Retrieved on 26 May 2009.
  5. "Shah Jalal (R)".. Banglapedia. Retrieved on 5 June 2007. 
  6. V.C. Pandey (2006).Environment, Security and Tourism Development in South Asia: Tourism development in South Asia. Gyan Publishing House. pp. 113-114.