Information Minister and Joint General Secretary of Awami League Hashan Mahmud said, ‘Bangladesh was the 60th economy country during the formation of our government in 2009. In the last 14 years, today it stands at the 35th economy. Bangladesh has changed and is changing under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina, the daughter of Bangabandhu. Pointing out that Singapore and Malaysia are smaller economies than ours in terms of GDP, even Pakistan, and according to some surveys, Bangladesh ranks 31st in PPP, he said, “If Bangabandhu had not been assassinated in 1975 if economic growth of more than 9.5 percent had continued, then South Before Korea, Malaysia, and even Singapore, the people of the world heard the story of changing Bangladesh. On the occasion of Bangabandhu’s Homecoming Day, the information minister inaugurated the three-day Bangabandhu Film Festival 2023 organized at the Bangladesh Film Development Corporation’s Zahir Raihan Hall in Tezgaon in the capital on Monday afternoon. He said these things there. Bangladesh Film Journalists Association (Bachsas) organized the event. This information was informed in a press release sent by the Ministry of Information. According to the statistics of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Bangladesh has come up to 35th place in the latest list of ‘The Top-Heavy Global Economy’. Referring to this report, the Minister of Broadcasting said, ‘Today, I do not see the way that the country’s media should praise this news. If Bangladesh lags in any index, then it is promoted in the media, but according to the size of the economy, as per the calculation of GDP, when we have advanced, it should also be promoted. Highlighting last year’s outstanding achievements, Hasan Mahmud said, ‘2022 has been a difficult time for the world. The Russia-Ukraine war started last year, and the corona epidemic has resurfaced in some countries. In that situation, the Prime Minister inaugurated the Padma Bridge with his own money. The Metro rail journey started in Dhaka. Citing the exuberant appreciation of the country in the foreign media, the information minister said, ‘Anandabazar newspaper of Kolkata wrote in a feature after the metro rail started in Dhaka – although the metro rail of Dhaka started much later than us, it is ahead of Kolkata in terms of modernity. And even after three decades, there is no woman driver on the Metro Rail in Kolkata. And Dhaka’s first metro rail was run by a woman and 6 drivers were women. That is, along with the development of the country, women have been empowered here. On the occasion of Bangabandhu’s homecoming day, Hashan Mahmud said, “Although we won on December 16, 1971, our independence was not yet complete. The greatest Bengali of a thousand years, who awakened the sleepy Bengali ethnicity of a thousand years and taught the slogan “Bir Bengali Arms Dharo, Bangladesh Swadhin Karo”, who shed an ocean of blood and led the country’s independence, on the return of Bangabandhu on January 10, 1972, our independence was truly fulfilled. Describing the role of films in national life, the information minister said, ‘Our films should help the country to reach its dream destination by removing the inconsistencies of the society, besides providing entertainment, it should play a role in purifying and refining the society, that is my expectation today. BFDC managing director Nuzhat Yasmin, film actress Aruna Biswas and general secretary of the organization Rimon Mahfuz among others spoke on the occasion under the chairmanship of Bacchus president Raju Alim.