April 7, 2016 | Issue 03


Bangladesh a bright example of women’s employment: MasterCard

Bangladesh in 2015: Progress and Development

Bangladesh continued its march forward in its quest for development in 2015.This publication, the second of its kind from the Centre for Research and Information (CRI), looks at the principal developments which have taken place in Bangladesh in 2015, signifying its progress and march ahead in economic, social and human development indicators.

Bangladesh on the International Stage 2015

2015 was a landmark year for Bangladesh as regards international relations and diplomacy. This publication takes a close look at Bangladesh’s successes and high points on the international stage in the year 2015. The second of its kind from CRI, the focus of the publication is on landmark diplomacy, high profile events, active international profile, awards and recognition from the previous year.

Mujib Graphic Novel-2 Launched

Surrounded by the smiling faces of around 200 children, Part-2 of the graphic novel series ‘Mujib’ was unveiled in February by its publisher and Trustee of CRI, Mr. Radwan Mujib Siddiq at the Amar Ekushe Grontho Mela (Book Fair). Adorning yellow and other colors which go with the theme of ‘Pahela Falgun’, and disregarding the sudden heat, the children were seen joyously accepting their copies of ‘Mujib’ from Mr. Radwan, who also happens to be one of the two proud grandsons of the Father of the Nation. To encourage the children, the unveiling ceremony was attended and addressed by Mr. Asaduzzaman Noor and Ms. Tarana Halim, the once great actors of the screen, and now both members of the Bangladesh Cabinet.


Employment created for 5,000poor women under climate project

Tulip Siddiq Talks About Her Successes And Struggles

In December, 2015, CRI organized the 16th installment of its signature event 'Let’s Ta!k' with the British Labour M.P Tulip Siddiq. Around 350 participants took part in this interactive discussion at Utshob Hall of Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel, Dhaka. The topic of this session of Let’s Ta!k was “Road to Westminster” which was focused on highlighting the life story of Tulip, her struggles and triumphs, likes and dislikes, and thoughts generally on politics, society and people to the young participants. The participants consisted of youths from a cross section of society, including among others, students of public and private universities, young professionals, entrepreneurs, development workers etc.

Sajeeb Wazed Engages with the Youth on SDGs

In September, 2015 CRI organized the 15th session of ‘Let’s Talk’ at the auditorium of Krishibid Institution Bangladesh (KIB), Dhaka. This time the invited guest was the Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Affairs Advisor Mr. Sajeeb Wazed. The topic for the day was “Youth for SDGs, SDGs for Youth”. The role of the youth of Bangladesh is crucial for Bangladesh to achieve the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. This event mainly involved a frank discussion on how the young people can contribute to the SDGs.


Employment created for 5,000poor women under climate project

CRI-Young Bangla launch specific youth initiatives with Microsoft

CRI and its youth platform Young Bangla launched the first ever internship opportunity for the university level students of Bangladesh with the leading software giant Microsoft Bangladesh. In March, 2016 a programme titled “Career Talk on Becoming a Microsoft Intern and Brand Ambassador” was held at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) with over 300 students from BUET and Dhaka University in attendance. Moreover, in the same month, CRI-Young Bangla rolled out a comprehensive initiative titled “Microsoft Service Engineer Development”. The scheme, the first of its kind in the country, aims at reaching out to the youths at grass-root level and creating a skilled workforce around the country.

Youth, Children and History

Government undertakes massive afforestation plan in coastal belt

Joy Bangla Concert: Musical Tribute to Bangabandhu’s Historic 7 March Speech

On 7 March 2016, CRI-Young Bangla organized the Joy Bangla concert for the second time to pay rich tribute to the historic 7 March, 1971 speech by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The concert, which sought to inspire the youth with the messages and spirit of the 7 March speech, featured music by leading bands, orchestral rendition of the national anthem, laser show based on the theme of the 7 March speech, fireworks displays, screening of the historic March 7 speech in colour for the first time, a drama performance and a documentary based on the success stories of the youth achievers recognized by the Joy Bangla Youth Award 2015.

ICT Division and CRI Marks 97th Birth Anniversary of Bangabandhu

To mark the 97th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the ICT Division of the Government and CRI arranged a three-day interactive exhibition programme at the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in Dhanmondi, Dhaka. The exhibition, which started on 17 March and ended on 19 March, was meant as a tribute to the architect of Bangladesh’s independence and the greatest Bengali of a thousand years. Attractions included: using the mobile app on Bangabandhu in tabs, big screen viewing of the coloured version of 7 March speech, painting corner for children, special stall for reading and buying the Mujib graphic novels and the chance to take virtual photos with Bangabandhu (augmented reality).

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