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Joy Bangla Concert in Chattogram sets a new standard for music festivals 

Standing tall since 2015, the Joy Bangla Concert symbolizes national and cultural unity, echoing the founding values of independence and nationhood through Bangladeshi rock music. In continuation of this legacy, Young Bangla hosted the Joy Bangla Concert 2024 in honor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's historic speech on 7 March. This year for the first time, the venue was shifted from Dhaka’s Army stadium to the MA Aziz Stadium of Chattogram, which attracted a whopping 60,000+ attendees and broke all previous records of online views and crowd spontaneity. The country’s top 9 bands including Artcell, Nemesis, Cryptic Fate, Chirkutt, Karnival, Lalon, AvoidRafa, Meghdol and Teerondaaz offered an unforgettable musical experience. Warmly welcomed by locals, this historic move outside Dhaka was a response to the youths' calls for regional concerts. Young Bangla's unique call in the Chatgaiya (Chittagonian) dialect successfully ignited enthusiasm, promising a vibrant event at the port city of the country.   

Graphic novel ‘Amar Dekha Nayachin’ hits the shelves  

Unveiled by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, CRI launched its second graphic novel ‘Amar Dekha Nayachin’ at the Amar Ekushey Book Fair on February 1, 2024. Illustrated by Sabyasachi Mistry, curated by Shibu Kumar Shill, and published by CRI Trustee Radwan Mujib Siddiq – the graphic novel portrays the travel accounts of Sheikh Mujib during his visit to China in 1952.  This novel breathes life into the captivating travel account of a boy from a rural village who later became the founding father of the nation, recounting his historic visit to China in 1952. Building on the success of the first graphic novel series ‘Mujib’, this latest publication stands as a testament to CRI's commitment to presenting history through creative means.
On February 17, CRI hosted a discussion titled ‘Amar Bhashay Graphic Novel’ at the Bangla Academy premises, focusing on its recently published graphic novel ‘Amar Dekha Noyachin’ and the evolving graphic novel culture in Bangladesh. The panel featured notable figures such as Sabyasachi Mistry, the artist and illustrator of the graphic novel, along with editor and curator Shibu Kumar Shill, renowned cartoonist Ahsan Habib, filmmaker Piplu R Khan, and Cryptic Fate's vocalist and comic enthusiast Shakib Chowdhury. Moderated by Rumman Tashfique, publisher of Pendulum Books, the discussion delved into the readership, potential, and popularity of graphic novels in Bengali, emphasizing their role in educating young people about the country's history.  

Art exhibition ‘Fearless Call III’ commemorates Bangabandhu’s speech at the UN   

CRI hosted the third edition of its public art exhibition 'The Fearless Call,' marking the birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at historic Dhanmondi 32 from 17 to 26 March 2024. The exhibition featured unique artworks by 12 young talented artists from diverse genres. They drew inspirations from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's landmark speech at the UN on 25 September,1974.  Sayed Fida Hossain, Arafat Karim, Auntora Mehrukh Azad, Ananya Mehpar Azad, AKM Saleh Ahmed Anik, Suborna Morsheda, Sabiha Haque, Mitali Ray, Suhas Nahian, Reesham Shahab Tirtho, Apon Joardar and Suvro Das used innovative art techniques and space designs to visualize the essences of that historic speech.   

WhiteBoard launches its 15th Issue with insights from PM Sheikh Hasina

On March 17, CRI’s flagship policy magazine WhiteBoard launched its 15th issue with special insights from the Prime Minister. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina shares insights into her political journey, blending pragmatism with ideology in steering the Awami League. Contributors dissect key facets of Bangladesh's development agenda: Mohammad A. Razzaque explores export diversification challenges, Surat Horachaikul analyzes the "Hasina Doctrine" for regional stability, while Kazi Arif Uz Zaman and Tapan Sarkar advocate for digital literacy to harness the demographic dividend. Maliha Mannan and Makhduma Nargis propose reforms for community clinics to achieve universal health coverage, and Miti Sanjana addresses gender disparity in land ownership. Pritilata Devi and Ansar Ahmed Ullah revisit the scars of 1971, advocating for recognition of war crimes.

Article on Startup Culture in Bangladesh

CRI regularly publishes data-driven articles called ‘Clicketies’ on potential sectors of the country. The latest titled ‘Why Bangladesh wants to be a Startup Goldmine’ discusses Bangladesh's ambition to become a startup powerhouse, driven by its strong economy and tech-savvy population. With initiatives like iDEA and Startup Bangladesh, the country aims to nurture an entrepreneurial ecosystem, aiming for significant growth and investment. Despite challenges, such as resource constraints, Bangladesh remains committed to fostering innovation through policy support and public-private collaborations.

Skill development initiatives by Young Bangla

As a part of the national skill development programs, Young Bangla organizes regular training session for its network members. On February 28 and 29, Young Bangla conducted a two-day workshop on ‘Communication Skills’ to enhance the communication capabilities of youth-led organizations. The workshop saw active participation from 48 attendees, comprising 42 males and 18 females, engaging via Zoom. Covering diverse topics such as understanding communication skills, communication goals, types of communication, and barriers to effective communication, the workshop provided comprehensive insights into effective communication strategies and suggested future sessions on topics like project pitching, public speaking, and organizational profiling.  
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