Bangladeshi pride

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While the real heroes of Bangladesh have consistently been our farmers, our migrant workers and our garment workers, they are rarely celebrated. There have been significant other achievements in 2012. Bangladeshi photographers continue to excel and I have not singled out any individual achievement.

Please feel free to provide links to other achivements which I have surely missed out.

 

Photo © Palash Khan / www.palashkhan.com

Photo © Palash Khan / http://www.palashkhan.com

Dhaka 03 June 2012. Bangladeshi mountaineer Nishat Majumder poses after arriving at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on June 3, 2012, following her successful ascent of Mount Everest. Majumder became the first Bangladeshi woman to climb the highest peak of the world. Photo by Palash Khan

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Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: Fazlur R. Khan — Bangladeshi structural engineer and architect 

Frazlur R. Khan

One of the most influential structural engineers of the 20th Century

You may readily recognize some his most famous works as a structural design engineer: the John Hancock Center building in Chicago; Chicago’s Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower); the Hajj Terminal in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah. In his short lifetime, Fazlur Khan, perhaps more than any other individual, combined his love for structural engineering, architecture and art to usher in a revolution in skyscraper construction during the second half of the twentieth century, making it possible for people to live and work in “cities in the sky.”

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“Rehman Sobhan receives ‘BDI Lifetime Achievement Award”
Lovlu Ansar from New York

Professor Rehman Sobhan

New York, Dec 24 (bdnews24.com)—The Bangladesh Development Initiative (BDI), a New York-based research and advocacy group based, on Monday named Professor Rehman Sobhan, Chairman of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), for the ’2012 BDI Lifetime Achievement Award’.

The award is designed to ‘honour outstanding individuals who, through their scholarly and/or policy and civic engagements, have contributed significantly to understanding the challenges, and pursuing the ideals that would lead to the development of Bangladesh and improving the quality of life for its citizens’.

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Bangladesh wins the Earth Care Award 2012 for LDCF adaptation project

The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) of Bangladesh won the Earth Care Award 2012 (sponsored by the Times of India) for spearheading the  Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF)  (LDCF) project “Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change through Coastal Afforestation in Bangladesh”. This year’s Earth Care Awards category was “Community-based adaptation and mitigation”.

The LDCF- funded project has a strong community-based adaptation component and has benefited 18,269 households by involving them in afforestation, agriculture, livestock, and fishery-based livelihood adaptation.

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Wasfia Nazreen, a Bangladeshi lady scaled Mt. Everest

Wasfia Nazreen

Wasfia Nazreen from Bangladesh and our 2 climbing Sherpa (Ngima Grimen Sherpa and Da Kusang Sherpa) had successfully summit Mt. Everest at 6:26 AM on 26 May 2012. This Expedition was organized by Expedition Himalaya. We express our congratulation to all the summit members and crew.

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Bangladesh’s leaders set an example

Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah have led by example in the absence of Bangladesh’s most vital player, Shakib Al Hasan

Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim lead Gangnam Style celebrations, Bangladesh v West Indies, 5th ODI, Mirpur, December 8, 2012

Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah played important roles in Bangladesh’s win in the deciding ODI in Mirpur © AFP

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim and his deputyMahmudullah have taken the long overdue steps from being occasional match-winners to players who can regularly do so. Their performance in the 3-2 victory in the ODI series against West Indies has been the biggest gain for Bangladesh in the last four weeks of international cricket.

In the deciding match in Mirpur, Bangladesh had stumbled to 30 for 3 in pursuit of 217, when Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah counterattacked and put on 91 runs. They only made 40s, but their contributions prevented a susceptible line-up from collapsing.

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About Shahidul Alam

A photographer, writer, curator and activist, Shahidul Alam obtained a PhD in chemistry at London University before switching to photography. He returned to his hometown Dhaka in 1984, where he photographed the democratic struggle to remove General Ershad. A former president of the Bangladesh Photographic Society, Alam set up the award winning Drik agency, the Bangladesh Photographic Institute and Pathshala, the South Asian Media Institute, considered one of the finest schools of photography in the world. Director of the Chobi Mela festival and chairman of Majority World agency, Alam’s work has been exhibited in galleries such as MOMA in New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Royal Albert Hall and Tate Modern in London and The Museum of Contemporary Arts in Tehran. He has been a guest curator of the Whitechapel Gallery, the Musee de Quai Branly and the Brussels Biennale. Alam’s numerous photographic awards include the Mother Jones and the Howard Chapnick Awards and the Open Society Institute Audience Engagement Grant. A speaker at US universities, Harvard, Stanford and UCLA, Oxford and Cambridge universities in the UK and the Powerhouse Museum in Brisbane, Alam has been a jury member in prestigious international contests, including World Press Photo which he chaired and Prix Pictet. An Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, Alam is a visiting professor of Sunderland University in the UK. He is on the advisory board of the National Geographic Society and the Eugene Smith Fund. His recent book “My Journey as a witness” was listed in the “Best Photo Books of 2011” by American Photo. Former picture editor of Life Magazine John Morris considers the book “The most important book ever written by a photographer”
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