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1983 in Bangladesh

1983 in Bangladesh

1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1983rd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 983rd year of the 2nd millennium, the 83rd year of the 20th century, and the 4th year of the 1980s decade.

The year 1983 was the 12th year after the independence of Bangladesh. It was also the second year of the Government of Hussain Muhammad Ershad.


  • President: A. F. M. Ahsanuddin Chowdhury (until 10 December), Hussain Muhammad Ershad (starting 11 December)
  • Chief Justice: F.K.M. Munim




Note: For the year 1983 average official exchange rate for BDT was 24.62 per US$.


  • 14 February - At least 10 people, mostly students, were killed when police opened fire on the procession against the education policy, popularly known at that time as “Majid Khan Education Policy.” The incident marked the beginning of the anti-autocracy movement against the military regime of H. M. Ershad.
  • 18 February - Over 2,000 people, mostly Muslims of Bangladeshi origin, are massacred in Assam, India, during the Assam agitation.
  • 20 September - The Bangladesh National Museum (Jatiya Jadughar) ordinance came into effect.
  • 2 October - Grameen Bank was established through a government ordinance.
  • 11 December - Hussain Muhammad Ershad takes charge as the President of Bangladesh.

Awards and recognitions

  • Bangladeshi author Abdullah-Al-Muti won the UNESCO Kalinga Prize.

Independence Day Award

Ekushey Padak

  1. Shawkat Osman (literature)
  2. Sanaul Huq (literature)
  3. Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury (literature)
  4. M A Kuddus (education)
  5. Shahidullah Kaisar (journalism)
  6. Syed Nur Uddin (journalism)
  7. Abu Jafar Shamsuddin (literature)
  8. Mohammad Kibria (painting)
  9. Barin Mazumder (music)
  10. Muhammad Mansuruddin


  • Domestic football:
    • Abahani KC won Dhaka League title while Mohammedan SC became runner-up.
    • Mohammedan SC won the title of Bangladesh Federation Cup.


  • 11 April – Munem Wasif, photographer
  • 28 May – Mamnun Hasan Emon, actor


  • 26 January – Selina Banu, freedom fighter and social activist (b. 1926)
  • 12 February – Benajir Ahmed, author (b. 1903)
  • 4 May – Abul Fazal, author (b. 1903)
  • 28 August – MA Wadud, language activist (b. 1925)
  • 22 October – Khondakar Abdul Hamid, journalist (b. 1918)
  • 10 November – Manabendra Narayan Larma, human rights activist (b. 1939)
  • 28 August – MA Wadud, language activist (b. 1925)
  • 31 December – Mohammad Sultan, language activist (b. 1926)

See also

  • 1980s in Bangladesh
  • Timeline of Bangladeshi history


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