Bangla Wikipedia celebrates their13th anniversary recently. Bangla Wikipedia (http://bn. wikipedia.org) started its journey officially on January 27, 2004. On this occasion, a program was held at BASIS (Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services) Auditorium, Dhaka and the program was organized by Wikimedia Bangladesh.
Faizul Latif Chowdhury, Director General of Bangladesh National Museum, BASIS President Mustafa Jabbar, Munni Shaha, Head of News, ATN News, Naimuzzaman Mukta of Prime Minister's Access to Information Project, Dr. B.M Mainul Hossain, Assistant Professor of IIT, Dhaka University and many others were present.
The speakers said, "It is really very much important for Bangla Wikipedia to get advanced as an informative archive in Bangla. Through it, an enriched informative archive is being developed in our native language absolutely for free.
Ali Haider Khan, President of Wikimedia Bangladesh, General Secretary Nahid Sultan, Treasurer Tanveer Morshed, Executive Member Shabab Mustafa, Masum Al Hasan (Rocky) and Administrator of Bangla Wikipedia Nurunnabi Chowdhury (Hasib) along with the active editors of Wikipedia from different districts were also present in the program.
Regarding organization and new planning, Nurunnabi Chowdhury said, "After experiencing a journey of long 12 years, Bangla Wikipedia is being more enriched gradually.
He said, in current year, different regular activities, along with the involvement of women and journalists in Wikipedia, organization of 'Wiki Loves Monuments Competition' in larger range, will be operated throughout the country." Apart from these, there was also a planning for a conference in a large range to be held in the current year, as he confirmed.
For the first time, the winners in the 'Wiki Loves Monuments Competition', 2016 were rewarded in the program. Besides, two Bangladeshi Judges of this competition Akkas Mahmud and Monirul Alam were honored. The first winner Zubayer Bin Iqbal was rewarded with crest, certificate and BDT 20,000.