List of National Public holidays of Bangladesh in 2018

In Bangladesh generally Friday, and Saturday are the weekly holidays. Public holidays in Bangladesh in 2018 are listed below-

Date Event
Feb 21 (Wednesday) Language Martyrs’ Day
(International Mother Language Day)
Mar 17 (Saturday) Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s birthday
(Father of Nation of Bangladesh)
Mar 26 (Monday) Independence Day
(Declaration of Independence from Pakistan in 1971)
Apr 14 (Saturday) Bengali New Year
(Pahela Boishakh)
Apr 29 (Sunday) Buddha Purnima
(Birth of Buddha)
May 1 (Tuesday) May Day
(International Labour Day)
May 2 (Wednesday) Shab e-Barat
(Night of Records. Celebrated on the 15th Sha’aban, Date varies on Lunar cycle)
Jun 12 (Tuesday) Night of Destiny
(Celebrated on the 27th day of Ramadan, Date varies on Lunar cycle)
Jun 15 (Friday) Jumatul Bidah
(Last Friday of the month of Ramadan, Date varies on Lunar cycle)
Jun 15 (Friday) Eid ul-Fitr Holiday
Jun 16 (Saturday) Eid ul-Fitr
(End of Ramadan, Date varies on Lunar cycle)
Jun 17 (Sunday) Eid ul-Fitr Holiday

Aug 15 (Wednesday) National Mourning Day
(Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family were killed in 1975)
Aug 21 (Tuesday) Eid ul-Adha Holiday
(Date varies on Lunar cycle)
Aug 22 (Wednesday) Eid ul-Adha
(Date varies on Lunar cycle)
Aug 23 (Thursday) Eid ul-Adha Day 2
(Date varies on Lunar cycle)
Sep 2 (Sunday) Janmashtami
Sep 21 (Friday) Ashura
(10th day of Muharram)
Oct 19 (Friday) Durga Puja
Nov 21 (Wednesday) Eid e-Milad-un Nabi
Dec 16 (Sunday) Victory Day
(Commemorates the surrender of the Pakistani army to the Mukti Bahini)
Dec 25 (Tuesday) Christmas Day

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Telephone Dialing Codes, Area and Operator Codes in Bangladesh

The country calling code for Bangladesh is +880. The dial plan type in Bangladesh is closed, and “0” is the inteTrunk prefix. When dialling a Bangladesh number from inside Bangladesh, the format is:

0 – Area/operator code (X) – subscriber number (N)

When dialling a Bangladesh number from outside Bangladesh, the format is:

+880 – Area/operator code (X) – subscriber number (N)

The subscriber number is the number unique to each individual telephone/mobile following the area/operator code. The Area/operator codes in Bangladesh are listed below, with a typical number format, where “X” denotes the Area/Operator code and “N” denotes the individual subscriber’s telephone/mobile number.

Operator Codes

Mobile Network Operators: Typical format for a mobile phone number is “+880-1X-NNNN-NNNN”. 1X stands for –

11 – Citycell
15 – TeleTalk
16 and 18 – Robi
17 and 13 – Grameenphone
19 – Banglalink
10, 12, 14 – Not in used yet.

Fixed line network operators: Typical format for a fixed line telephone number is “+880-XX-NNNN-NNNN”. XX stands for-

35 – Bangla Phone
36 – Telebarta
37 – NationalPhone
38 – PeoplesTel
44 – RanksTel
60 – Bijoy Phone
64 – Onetel
66 – Dhaka Phone

IPTSP (IP-Telephony Service Providers): Typical format for an IP telephone number “+880-96XX-NNNNNN”. 96XX stands for –

9606 – Agni Systems Ltd
9609 – BEXIMCO
9610 – ADN Telecom
9611 – AmberIT formerly known as DhakaCom
9612 – MetroNet
9613 – GETCO Online
9614 – NextFone
9623 – I-TALK (JFOS)
9633 – IDEA Networks and Communications Limited
9638 – Intercloud Limited
9666 – BDCom
9669 – ConnectTel
9678 – Link3 Technologies LTD.
9677 – BRACNet Limited
9639 – ICC Communication

BTCL Geographical area codes:

Typical format for a BTCL line number in Dhaka “+880-2-N-NNNN-NNNN”
Typical format for a BTCL line number elsewhere “+880-XXX-NNN-NNNN”

  • Bagerhat District – 468
  • Bandarban District – 361
  • Barisal District – 431
  • Bhola District – 491
  • Bogra District – 51
  • Brahmonbaria District – 851
  • Chandpur District – 841
  • Chapai Nowabgonj District – 781
  • Chittagong District – 31
  • Chuadanga District – 761
  • Comilla District – 81
  • Cox’s Bazar District – 341
  • Dhaka – 2
  • Gopalganj District – 2
  • Narayongonj District – 2
  • Narsingdi District – 2
  • Dinajpur District – 531
  • Faridpur District – 631
  • Feni District – 331
  • Gaibandha District – 541
  • Gazipur District – 681
  • Hobigonj District – 831
  • Jamalpur District – 981
  • Jessore District – 421
  • Jhalakati District – 498
  • Jhenaidah District – 451
  • Joypurhat District – 571
  • Kaliakair Upazila – 682
  • Khagrachari District – 371
  • Khulna District – 41
  • Kishorgonj District – 941
  • Kurigram District – 581
  • Kushtia District – 71
  • Lalmonirhat District – 591
  • Laxmipur District – 381
  • Madaripur District – 661
  • Magura District – 611
  • Manikganj District – 651
  • Meherpur District – 791
  • Mirzapur Upazila – 922
  • Moulvibazar District – 861
  • Munsigonj District – 691
  • Mymensingh District – 91
  • Naogaon District – 741
  • Narail District – 481
  • Narayongonj District – 671
  • Narsingdi District – 621
  • Natore District – 771
  • Netrokona District – 951
  • Nilphamari District – 551
  • Noakhali District – 321
  • Pabna District – 731
  • Panchagarh District – 568
  • Patuakhali District – 441
  • Pirojpur District – 461
  • Rajbari District – 641
  • Rajshahi District – 721
  • Rangamati District – 351
  • Rangpur District – 521
  • Satkhira District – 471
  • Shariatpur District – 662
  • Sherpur District – 931
  • Sirajganj District – 751
  • Sunamgonj District – 871
  • Sylhet District – 821
  • Tangail District – 921
  • Thakurgaon District – 561

Special Numbers

999 – Police
199 – Fire / Ambulance
786 – Customer care (airtel)
121 – Customer care (Banglalink, Grameenphone, Citycell, Teletalk)
123 – Customer care (Robi)
158 – Customer complain – all mobile operators
5012 – News
152 – International Trunk Call Booking
14 – Time (BTCL)

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Remembering four years of deadliest “Rana Plaza” Tragedy

The building in Savar that housed five garment factories on the outskirts of capital Dhaka collapsed on Apr 24, 2013, killing over 1,100 workers under the debris. It is considered the deadliest garment-factory accident in history, as well as the deadliest accidental structural failure in modern human history.

The building contained clothing factories, a bank, apartments, and several shops. The shops and the bank on the lower floors immediately closed after cracks were discovered in the building. The building’s owners ignored warnings to avoid using the building after cracks had appeared the day before. Garment workers were ordered to return the following day, and the building collapsed during the morning rush-hour.

Collapse and rescue

On the morning of 24 April, there was a power outage, and diesel generators on the top floor were started. The building collapsed at about 08:57 a.m. BST, leaving only the ground floor intact. The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association president confirmed that 3,122 workers were in the building at the time of the collapse. One local resident described the scene as if “an earthquake had struck.”

Very early on in the rescue effort, the United Nations offered to send their expert search and rescue unit, known as the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG), to the site, but this offer was rejected by government of Bangladesh. The government made a statement suggesting that the area’s local rescue emergency services were well equipped. Prior to offering assistance to Bangladesh, the UN held consultations to assess the country’s ability to mount an effective rescue operation, and they reached the conclusion that they lacked that capability. Bangladeshi officials, fearing damage to national pride, refused to accept the assistance offered to them by the UN. A large portion of the rescue operation consisted of inadequately equipped volunteers, many of whom had no protective clothing and wore sandals. Some buried workers drank their own urine to survive the high temperatures, waiting to be saved. Not only was the Bangladeshi government accused of favouring national pride over those buried alive, but many relatives of those trapped in the debris criticised the government for trying to end the rescue mission prematurely.

One of the garment manufacturers’ websites indicates that more than half of the victims were women, along with a number of their children who were in nursery facilities within the building. Bangladeshi Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir confirmed that fire service personnel, police, and military troops were assisting with the rescue effort. Volunteer rescue workers used bolts of fabric to assist survivors to escape from the building. A national day of mourning was held on 25 April.

On 8 May army spokesman, Mir Rabbi, said the army’s attempt to recover more bodies from the rubble would continue for at least another week. On 10 May, 17 days after the collapse, a woman named Reshma was found and rescued alive and almost unhurt under the rubble.


The direct reasons for the building problems were:

  1. Building built on a filled in pond which compromised structural integrity,
  2. Conversion from commercial use to industrial use,
  3. Addition of 4 floors above the original permit,
  4. The use of substandard construction material (which led to an overload of the building structure aggravated by vibrations due to the generators). Those various elements indicated dubious business practices by Sohel Rana and dubious administrative practices in Savar.

One good example to illustrate the dubious administrative practices is the evacuation of the building after the cracks. It was reported that the Industrial police first requested the evacuation of the building until an inspection had been conducted. It was also reported that Abdur Razak Khan, an engineer, declared the building unsafe and requested public authorities to conduct a more thorough inspection; he was arrested for helping the owner illegally add three floors. It is also reported that Kabir Hossain Sardar, the Upazila Nirbahi Officer who visited the site, met with Sohel Rana, and declared the building safe. Sohel Rana said to the media that the building was safe and workers should return to work the next day. One manager of the factories in the Rana Plaza reported that Sohel Rana told them that the building was safe. Managers then requested the workers to go back to work and as a result workers also returned to the factories the next day.

The families of the deceased and the injured workers are still struggling for just compensations as an ActionAid survey showed almost 42 percent of the survivors are still unemployed.  [NGO BRAC, 2016]

Some links –

Rana Plaza collapse: 38 charged with murder over garment factory disaster 

Moving forward from the Rana Plaza tragedy

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