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Govt working to expand media under public & private sectors: PM

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said the government has been working to expand media under public and private sectors to ensure free flow of information.
“Free flow of information is very much essential to develop an improved and time befitting social system in the country,” she said while formally inaugurating the expansion of programme hours of the BTV’s Chittagong station through video conferencing from her official residence Ganobhaban.

The Prime Minister launched its 6-hour telecasting from the one and half hour.

“Bangladesh Television always tries to discharge its responsibilities to people rather making profit,” she said adding that education-oriented programmes can be telecast through BTV which might not be possible through the private television channels.

Sheikh Hasina said the government has taken necessary steps to continue expansion of electronic media particularly televisions and radios in both public and private sectors.

However, she put emphasis on broadcasting more programmes to create mass awareness about education and other pro-people issues.

She said various organisations in the public sector like Bangladesh Betar, BTV, NIMC, PIB, DFP, Bangladesh Films and Television Institute and BFDC are working to provide information and entertainment to people as well as flourish country’s own culture and tradition.

Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment affairs Minister Nurul Islam BSc, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan, Railways Minister Mujibul Haque, Prime Minister’s Media Adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury were present at Ganobhaban.

Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, Former Mayor of Chittagong City Corporation A B M Mohiuddin Chowdhury and Secretary of the Ministry of Information Martuza Ahmed also spoke at the video conference joining from Chittagong.

Later, the Prime Minister launched the much-awaited dot bangla domain.

From now on, dot bangla would be Bangladesh’s own Unicode domain label and the second country code top-level domain (TLD) for Bangla websites as the International Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) had earlier approved another domain label for Bangladesh as dot bd.

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