Dec 31, 2022 | Issue 24



Joy Bangla Youth Award 2022: Young Bangla recognizes young trailblazers

CRI’s youth platform Young Bangla conferred Joy Bangla Youth Award (JBYA) 2022 to 10 youth-led organizations for their remarkable contributions to society and the country. This is the sixth edition of the prestigious award after the previous five editions in 2015, 2017, 2018, 2020 and 2021. The award-giving ceremony was held on 12 November 2022 at Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Youth Development, Savar. Nasrul Hamid MP, Trustee of CRI, delivered the welcome speech. Sajeeb Wazed, Chairperson of CRI, handed out the crests to the JBYA winning organizations. In 2021, Young Bangla introduced “Pathfinder”, a special recognition to individuals and/or initiatives who have made significant contributions to the post-independence nation-building process through their leadership, service, initiatives, and research. This year, Younguang Mro, a writer and researcher, received the Pathfinder award for his contribution to Mro literature, as he published a Mro grammar book to preserve the endangered language. Unmad— Bangladesh’s oldest cartoon magazine was acknowledged as Pathfinder for catering to young creative minds and practicing freedom of speech and expression.

10th issue of policy magazine WhiteBoard released

CRI published the 10th issue of its quarterly policy magazine ‘WhiteBoard’ in December 2022. This issue covers a diverse range of topics from universal health coverage, energy security to youth radicalization. Mushtaque Chowdhury, Nina van der Mark and Robert Yates argued that now is the perfect time for Bangladesh to move towards universal health coverage. Sumaiya Iqbal and Monirul Islam focus on building healthy minds in the fight against religious extremism and youth radicalization. Identity is at the heart of Mohammad Shahabuddin’s article, which looks at the status of ethnic minorities in Bangladesh. Tawheed Reza Noor and Pradip Kumar Dutta discuss how a completely new approach is required to gain international recognition of the 1971 genocide in Bangladesh. Pallavi Roy analyses whether South Asia is ready for a single energy market. Leni Papa, Pierre Horna and Azhar Uddin Bhuiyan advocate for institutional reform to the Bangladesh’s Competition Commission to allow CMSMEs to truly flourish. Read the issue here.

Witnessing History in the Making, Photographs by Anne de Henning: Bangladesh 1971-1972

CRI and Samdani Art Foundation jointly launched the exhibition ‘Witnessing History in the Making, Photographs by Anne De Henning: Bangladesh 1971-1972’ on 15 December 2022, at the Liberation War Museum, in honor of the veteran French photojournalist Anne de Henning's visit to Bangladesh after 50 years. The opening ceremony was attended by Nasrul Hamid MP, State Minister, Power Energy and Mineral Resources and Trustee, CRI. The exhibition showcases rare and never before seen images by veteran French photographer Anne de Henning — shot during her visits to Bangladesh in 1971 to 1972. It remained open till 24 December 2022. The first iteration of the exhibition was held in Dhaka from 10 December, 2021 to 31 March, 2022. It is currently showing at the Guimet Museum in Paris.

Let’s Talk with Anne de Henning: Memories of Bangladesh in War and Peace

Centre for Research and Information (CRI) and Samdani Art Foundation jointly organized a discussion event ‘Let’s Talk with Anne de Henning: Memories of Bangladesh in War and Peace’ on 17 December 2022, at Liberation War Museum, Dhaka. Anne de Henning is a veteran French photojournalist who photographed the war time Bangladesh and the Pakistani Army’s genocide in 1971. She also visited the post-independent Bangladesh in 1972 and photographed Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the first council meeting of Awami League. At the discussion event, Anne de Henning recollected how she entered Bangladesh in 1971 when the Pakistani army launched the all-out genocide against the people of Bangladesh. After several failed attempts, she entered Bangladesh through Jashore in April 1971. She visited Pangsha of Kushtia district, Chuadanga and Rajbari. In the concluding segment, Anne de Henning responded to some questions from the participants regarding her photographic journey in Bangladesh in 1971 and 1972. Over 120 participants including freedom fighters, family of martyred intellectuals, young photographers, artists, journalists and art enthusiasts joined the conversation. Watch the program here.

Let’s Talk on Sports for All

CRI’s youth platform Young Bangla organized its recent Let’s Talk on the theme ‘Sports for All’, at the Premier University, Chattogram on 23 October, 2022. About 360 students from different disciplines participated at the discussion event. Saber Hossain Chowdhury MP, former President of Bangladesh Cricket Board; Sayeda Zakia Noor Lipi MP, Member, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare; Krishna Rani Sarker, Footballer, Bangladesh Women’s National Football Team; and Santwana Rani Ray, Founder, Lalmonirhar Taekwon-Do Association were the panelists. Productive and increased involvement of private and public sector in sports development; developing primary-level coach and health instructors; reskilling and upskilling players and develop coaching skills; challenges faced by women players; roles of national media in talent hunting at grassroots are some of the topics discussed during the event. Watch the program here.

Let’s Talk on Digital Behavior in Cyberspace

Young Bangla organized the ‘Let’s Talk on the theme ‘Digital Behavior in Cyberspace’ at Jashore University of Science and Technology on 11 December 2022. Around 300 students participated at the event. Zunaid Ahmed Palak MP, State Minister, ICT Division; Rumana Ali MP, Member, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Home Affairs; Dr. Md. Mamun-Or-Rashid, Professor, University of Dhaka; and Faez Belal, Executive Director, Barishal Youth Society were the panelists. Cyber security, digital literacy, fake news, responsible social media presence, components of 4th Industrial Revolution, e-commerce, f-commerce, interoperable digital transaction platform are some of the topics discussed at the event. Watch the program here.

Special screenings of “Hasina: A Daughter's Tale”

One of the CRI’s historical projects, docufilm “Hasina: A Daughter’s Tale” was screened at the Ambassador’s Choice International Film Festival 2022 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 11 December. The docufilm was also screened by Embassy of Bangladesh and Mission to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium on 16 December 2022.

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