Bangladesh has achieved many big successes and achievements in different sectors in 2017, outshining many countries of the world.
Experts say Bangladesh is progressing towards a developed nation as different types of development are taking place in the Asian country.
The country is shining more with economic development which has happened during the present Awami League-led government.
Bangladesh has become the most positive country in Asia, says an annual global index of the Daily Positive, an online media in Australia.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has become one of the most powerful women in the world, ranking 30th on Forbes’ list. She has ranked third on the list of the world’s top five honest leaders.
Besides, she has been featured distinctively in a book titled ‘Women Presidents and Prime Ministers’ as one of 18 women national leaders in the world.
The UNESCO has recognised the historic 7th March speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as part of the world’s documentary heritage.
Bangladesh has saved Rohingyas who fled ‘ethnic cleansing’ by the Myanmar military to Cox’s Bazar.
Sheikh Hasina is called ‘a mother of humanity’ for sheltering the displaced nationals of Myanmar.
Khaleej Times reported that Sheikh Hasina is the “New Star of the East” for her humane approach to the Rohingya issue.
Prime minister’s daughter Saima Wazed Hossain, who spearheads a mental health campaign and autism in Bangladesh, has been designated as ‘WHO Champion for Autism’ in the southeast region of Asia.
Bangladesh hosted successfully the 63rd annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) in November. Over 550 delegates from 144 national and provincial parliaments of 44 countries took part in the programme. A total of 52 countries are CPA members.
The country also hosted 136th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in Dhaka in April. A total of 1,348 delegates from 131 countries participated in the mega event.
Apart from that, political atmosphere remained peaceful as no political violence and strikes were enforced by the opposition in the year.
Political parties, including opposition BNP, joined the dialogue initiated by the Election Commission over the holding of the next general election in the country.
They participated in local-government elections, which is positive for continuation of democracy, political analysts said.
Bangladesh also took tougher action against militancy and became successful in curbing militancy in the country in 2017 when the world is affected by the curse of the crime.
The country’s economic growth rose to a record high of 7.28 percent in the 2016-17 fiscal year. Per-capita income increased to $1610, according to Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS).
The country has gone one notch down in the World Bank’s ranking, said the World Bank’s Doing Business report.
Chittagong Port has ranked 71st among top 100 busiest container ports in the globe, says a survey by Lloyd’s List.
Bangladesh has finally entered the nuclear era in 2017. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has finally inaugurated the main construction work of the much-awaited Rooppur nuclear power plant.
The first solar power plant has been added to the national power grid. The premier inaugurated the 3MW plant in Jamalpur in October.
The government commercially inaugurated the second submarine cable with 1500-gigabit per second bandwidth capacity in September.
An important phase of the construction of the much-hyped Padma Bridge has started with the installation of the bridge’s first span in September. The 150-metre superstructure weighing around 32 tonnes was installed on pillar No. 37 and 38 on Jazira side in Shariatpur.
Bangladesh Navy begins its journey as a “three-dimensional force” as two submarines — BN Nabajatra and BN Joyjatra — were commissioned in it.
The government has taken plans to build the naval force as a three-dimensional force by 2030.
Bangladesh has become the Permanent Observer of the Organisation of American States, the oldest multilateral regional organisation founded by the United States in 1948, to address issues of mutual concern comprising only 20 Latin American countries at that time.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in February inaugurated a state-of-the-art multi-storey solar-powered food warehouse with a capacity to store 25,000 tonnes of food grains in Bogra.
She inaugurated the Sheikh Hasina Software Technology Park in Jessore to spread the benefits of developments in the ICT sector in the southwestern region.
The park will create jobs for 5,000 young people in the ten districts of the Khulna division.
Bangladesh earned nearly $800 million in 2017, exporting locally made software, and providing ICT-related services like outsourced and freelance work.
Brac Onnesha, the first nano-satellite made by BRAC University, was launched into the space from Kennedy Space Centre in the USA in June 2017.
Hilsa gets recognition of geographical indication product of Bangladesh. With this recognition, the national fish of the country would be registered internationally as a fish of Bangladesh.
The country’s ‘Shital Pati’ mat, weaving, the traditional art of Sylhet, has been inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of Humanity by UNESCO.
Bangladeshi surgeons successfully separated the conjoined twin of two 9-month-old sisters — Tofa and Tahura — in Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Mohammod Jobayer Chisti, a Bangladeshi doctor, invented a “low-cost device” to save lives of babies’ suffering from pneumonia.
Bangladesh won the title of the inaugural edition of the SAFF Under-15 Women’s Football Championship with 1-0 victory against India in December 2017.
Bangladesh cricket team made history by defeating Australia for the first time in a Test match in Dhaka in August 2017. Bangladesh won the match by 20 runs.
Bangladeshi shooters — Abdullahel Baki and Syeda Atkiya Hasan Disha — won the country’s first gold medal in the 10m air rifle team event in the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku, Azerbaijan in May 2017.
The Roll Ball World Cup, organised by the International Roll Ball Federation (IRBF), was held for the first time in Bangladesh from 17 February to 23 February 2017. A total of 40 international teams competed in the tournament.
A Bangladeshi teenage girl, Sharmin Akter, was honoured with the United States Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award 2017 for courageously, resisting her mother’s attempts to marry her off at an early age.
Shahriar Caesar Rahman of Bangladesh won the 2017 Future For Nature Award for his outstanding special protection efforts in the remote Chittagong Hill Tracts.
Tanzima Hashem of BUET is among five researchers who have been named winners of the 2017 Elsevier Foundation Awards for early-career women scientists in the developing world for their research.
Brac Founder and Chairperson Fazle Hasan Abed was named as one of the greatest leaders, according to Fortune Magazine’s 2017 list of The World 50 Greatest Leaders.
Bangladeshi photographer Shoeb Faruquee was announced as Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2017 for his image ‘Food for God’.
Sajid Iqbal and Rahat Hossain of Bangladesh received the 2017 Queen’s Young Leaders Awards for their respective projects to serve the local communities.
Dr Samir Saha of Bangladesh received the 2017 Carlos J. Finlay UNESCO Prize for Microbiology at the 39th session of the UNESCO general conference for his research work in Bangladesh.
Asif Chowdhury, a business personality, was awarded the Gusi Peace Prize for 2017 at a ceremony in Manila for his contribution to the social development.