Mar 31, 2021 | Issue 17



Nation observed 50 years of independence and birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Bangladesh observed 50 years of independence coinciding with birth centenary celebration of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. On the occasion, the nation paid deepest respect to the valiant freedom fighters and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, for his unparalleled role in leading Bangladesh to its brightest moment. In the five-decade long journey, the country has transformed from a war-torn nation to a booming economy. The challenges and setbacks faced by the country, were equally big as its accomplishments. Defying all odds, Bangladesh has emerged as one of the fastest growing economies in the world and made spectacular progress in human development fronts. Marking the occasion, CRI published an article highlighting the milestones Bangladesh crossed in its 50 years-long journey.

CRI launched 2nd and 3rd issue of policy magazine ‘WhiteBoard’

CRI launched the second issue of its flagship policy magazine ‘WhiteBoard’ in December 2020. This issue explores the policies that Bangladesh has adopted since the onset of the generation defining setback: the covid-19 pandemic. An insight into the pandemic era challenges and the analysis of the policy responses are crucial to both short-term recovery and long-term reforms. As Bangladesh reopens it must also reimagine. The issue delves into the gambit of “reimagining” in areas such as education, governance, cultural-identity and the economy. The third issue of the magazine was launched in March 2021. This issue sheds light on the journey of policies that Bangladesh adopted since its independence. The issue critically approaches policy decisions and explored areas such as gender, legal framework, and infrastructure.

‘Resilient Bangladesh: Towards Recovery and Progress’

On the back of successive years of high growth turnout, Bangladesh started the year 2020 on a high note. The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic struck Bangladesh and the rest of the world from the first quarter of 2020. Swift measures were taken by the government to contain infection as well as damages in the economic front. The country set an example of successful recovery amid the global fallout, courtesy to a range of policies and programs. The CRI publication ‘Resilient Bangladesh: Towards Recovery and Progress’ looks at some of the key sectors and how they fared in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘Bangladesh Global Partnership and Peacebuilding 2020’

In the last one decade, Bangladesh has been exemplary in upholding peace and cooperation with the international community. The country has promoted multilateralism, regional cooperation and economic relations in the international stage and become a leading voice in the global fight against climate change. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s engagement in the international issues and humanitarian causes has also brought her acclaim and recognitions from various quarters across the globe. The CRI publication Bangladesh Global Partnership and Peacebuilding illustrates Bangladesh’s leadership role in 2020 in promoting peace, cooperation, pluralism and global partnership under foresighted supervision of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

8th Episode of graphic novel ‘Mujib’ unveiled

CRI unveiled the 8th episode of graphic novel series ‘Mujib’ on February 7, 2021. Writer and educationist Professor Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, artist and director Wahid Ibn Reza, cartoonist Syed Rashad Imam Tanmoy and singer Karishma Sanu Sovvota joined the virtual unveiling ceremony. ‘Mujib’ is a CRI initiative to transform ‘The Unfinished Memoirs’ by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman into a graphic novel to present the eventful life of Bangabandhu to the youth in an attractive manner. This episode highlights a young political activist Mujib against the backdrop of post-partition politics and the early phase of the Language Movement.

Reviving the spirit of Joy Bangla Concert

Young Bangla, the youth platform of CRI, has been organizing the Joy Bangla Concert on March 7 for six consecutive years commemorating the spirit of historic speech of March 7, 1971 by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Young Bangla hosts the concert with a mix of entertaining and patriotic music from leading bands and singers of the country. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the concert was cancelled this year. However, Young Bangla celebrated the historic day and the concert through special programs on its social media platforms and national television channels.

CRI Chairperson Sajeeb Wazed handed over ‘Joy Bangla Youth Award 2020’ to youth change-makers

Young Bangla virtually organized ‘Joy Bangla Youth Award 2020’ ceremony on November 17, 2020. CRI Chairperson and Honorable Prime Minister’s ICT Affairs Adviser, Sajeeb Wazed announced the name of the winners during the ceremony. 47 youth-led organizations received the prestigious award for their outstanding contribution and services to the society and country. The winning organizations received certificates, crests and laptops. Young Bangla has so far awarded 181 organizations since 2015. Many of these organizations went on to get international recognition later.

Young Bangla Launched Campaign on Women’s Safety in Public Places

Young Bangla launched a nationwide campaign titled ‘Women’s Safety in Public Places (WSPP)’ on October 14, 2020. The campaign was launched in partnership with Human Rights Program, UNDP and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). It aims to create positive perception, attitude and behavioral change for equal rights of women and girls through massive awareness raising activities among youth and other relevant actors, particularly on women safety concerns. It also aims to spearhead necessary policy reform to address gender-based violence and harassment in public places.

‘Hasina: A Daughter’s Tale’ screened on televisions in the UK

UK based Channel STV screened ‘Hasina: A Daughter’s Tale’ on October 11, 13 and 17 of 2020 for the UK, EU audience, particularly for the young generation of Bangladeshis living in those countries. On November 14, 2020, a special screening of the docudrama and a follow-up discussion was arranged by television channel ATN Bangla UK. Saida Muna Tasneem, High Commissioner for Bangladesh to the UK, Sultan Mahmud Sharif, President, UK Awami League, and filmmaker Piplu Khan joined as discussant.

‘Hasina: A Daughter’s Tale’ at International Film Festival of India

Since its premier in 2018, the docudrama ‘Hasina: A Daughter’s Tale’ continues to impress the international audience. The docudrama was screened at the 51st edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) held at Goa, India between on January 16 and January 21, 2021. The IFFI is one of the most significant film festivals in Asia. The audiences highly appreciated the docudrama.

‘Hasina: A Daughter’s Tale’ at 3rd Bangladesh Film Festival 2021, Kolkata

A special screening of ‘Hasina: A Daughter's Tale’ was held at Nandan Cinema Hall in the 3rd Bangladesh Film Festival 2021, Kolkata on February 5, 2021. The docudrama was screened at the inauguration of the festival. The film festival was organized to commemorate the birth anniversary of Bangladesh's Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and 50 years of Bangladesh's independence. The docudrama deeply moved the audience in Kolkata since part of Sheikh Hasina's life was spent in India and that part was well portrayed there.

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