Dhaka


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.
Related to Dhaka: Dhaka Stock Exchange

Dhaka

or

Dacca

(both: dăk`ə), city (1991 pop. 6,844,131), capital of Bangladesh, on a channel of the Dhaleswari River, in the heart of the world's largest jute-growing region. It is the industrial, commercial, and administrative center of Bangladesh, with trade in jute, rice, oilseeds, sugar, and tea. The city comprises three distinct sections: an old area of narrow streets and bazaars; a modern part, called Ramna, with government, tourist, and cultural facilities; and a residential and industrial community N and W of Ramna. Between Dhaka and its nearby river port of Narayanganj lies Bangladesh's greatest industrial concentration. Manufactures include textiles, cotton saris, jute products, rope, string, baskets, and boats. Dhaka is famous for its cottage industries (especially confectioneries) and handicrafts (particularly filigree work, embroidery, and shell carving). In the late 19th cent., competition from British cloth virtually ended the manufacture of Dhaka's world-renowned muslins. Dhaka's history dates back to c.A.D. 1,000, but the city achieved glory as the 17th-century MughalMughal
or Mogul
, Muslim empire in India, 1526–1857. The dynasty was founded by Babur, a Turkic chieftain who had his base in Afghanistan. Babur's invasion of India culminated in the battle of Panipat (1526) and the occupation of Delhi and Agra.
..... Click the link for more information.
 capital of Bengal. English, French, and Dutch industrialists set up factories there in the 17th and 18th cent., and Dhaka passed under British rule in 1765. It became the capital of East Pakistan in 1947. The city was surrendered by the Pakistani army to Indian troops in Dec., 1971, and a few days later became capital of the provisional government of Bangladesh. Landmarks include the Dakeshwari ["hidden goddess"] temple, from which the city's name probably derives; the Bara Katra palace (1644); the Lal Bagh fort (1678); and several beautiful mosques. The Univ. of Dhaka (founded 1921) and other higher educational facilities and agriculture research institutes are also in the city. The surrounding district is a very densely populated and fertile agricultural region that is subject to heavy monsoon floods.

Dhaka

, Dacca
the capital of Bangladesh, in the E central part: capital of Bengal (1608--39; 1660--1704) and of East Pakistan (1949--71); jute and cotton mills; university (1921). Pop.: 12 560 000 (2005 est.)
References in periodicals archive ?
He pointed out that there is possibility to operate flight from Salalah and Sohar Airports to Dhaka (3 flight from Salalah and 2 flights from Sohar).
At present, Oman Air operates flights to Dhaka on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
World Cup holders India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, hosts Bangladesh and new entrants Afghanistan will play each other once in the league with the top two qualifying for the final in Dhaka on March 8.
Thick fogs, meanwhile, halted ferry services in major waterways and several highways linking the capital with major cities creating further obstacles for opposition activists to march towards Dhaka responding to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia's call.
Claes); and Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute National Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza, Dhaka (M.
Last week, Qazanfari and Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina explored avenues for the further expansion of relations between Tehran and Dhaka.
The railway connecting Dhaka to the country's Chittagong port, some 242 km southeast of capital Dhaka, and northeastern Sylhet, some 241 km northeast of capital Dhaka, remained disrupted as trees fell on the tracks.
A teenage protester was killed in a similar clash in Sirajganj district, 105 kilometres (65 miles) northwest of Dhaka, the Daily Star newspaper reported.
Following an extensive renovation, InterContinental Dhaka will once again take its place in the heart of the city, welcoming business and leisure travellers from around the world.
The present Structure Plan (1) and the Urban Area Plan (2) by the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakka (RAJUK), the Capital Development Authority of Dhaka, designate new areas in the fringe zones of Dhaka where urban expansion is encouraged.
Dhaka Fashion Week has always been known as a place where new designers can get themselves heard, said Shirin Karim, noted designer and the managing director of Sayambara.
The inauguration of flights to Dhaka, flydubai's 32nd destination, doubles this tally, further strengthening trade and tourism ties between the UAE and an important emerging economy in South Asia.