Dhaka, Mar 27 (UNB) - Bangladeshi television channels will be available in its 78 missions abroad paving the way for Bangladesh citizens and foreigners to watch those channels.
The government has introduced "STP Boxes" for Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) in the missions in this regard.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen along with Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud jointly inaugurated the ‘Demonstration and Introduction of STP (Set-Top) Boxes for Internet Protocol Television (IPTV)’ at the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday.
Diplomat, only diplomatic affairs magazine in the country, is providing the boxes in association with the ministry.
Primarily, around 200 STP boxes will be installed in 78 foreign missions abroad. Only Bangladeshi television channels will be available in an STP box.
"Digital Bangladesh is no more a dream, rather it's a reality today," said the Information Minister mentioning the expansion of media outlets in all forms and people's access to information through technological advancement in the country.
He said Bangladeshi nationals and foreigners who visit Bangladesh missions abroad for various tasks, including visa-related issues, will be able to watch Bangladeshi channels. "This is a very good initiative."
The Information Minister, however, suggested keeping few international news channels for foreigners as the programme is set in a way so that only Bangladeshi channels can be watched.
“We’ll send around 200 set top boxes for 78 mission as some missions will need to have around 3-4 set top boxes,” said the foreign minister.
People there in the missions are not able to watch Bangladeshi channels. Even, missions have to prepare special arrangement during a VVIP visit for showing Bangladeshi channels, he said.
“With this technological upgradation, Bangladeshi channels will be available in the missions. Expatriates who go to the missions for services also can watch Bangladeshi channels,” said Dr Momen.
Lauding the effort, the information minister said in this era of technology, this kind of digital initiative will boost the services of Bangladesh missions abroad.
Dhaka, Mar 27 (UNB) - The government of District of Columbia has declared March 26, 2019, as "Bangladesh Day" to commemorate the 49th Independence and National Day of Bangladesh.
A formal proclamation was signed by Mayor of Washington, D.C. Muriel Bowser on Tuesday, said the Bangladesh Embassy.
“On this day, the people of Bangladesh remember the leadership of the father of their nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and the valor of the freedom fighters that led to the independence of their country,” the mayor wrote.
She mentioned that the Embassy of Bangladesh has contributed to the cultural diversity of Washington, D.C. and participated in various events and programmes.
Dhaka, Mar 27 (UNB) – Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Wednesday reiterated that the government wants to bring back all the convicted criminals from abroad and implement the court verdicts as per the law of the land.
“Efforts are going on,” he told reporters when asked about the progress over bringing back convicted BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman from the UK and Noor Chowdhury, one of Bangabandhu’s convicted killers, from Canada.
The Foreign Minister also referred discussions between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Canadian counterpart Justine Trudeau over deportation of Noor Chowdhury.
Earlier, the Foreign Minister along with Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud jointly inaugurated ‘Demonstration and Introduction of STP (Set-Top) Boxes for Internet Protocol Television (IPTV)’ in Bangladesh Missions abroad at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Dhaka, Mar 27 (UNB) – Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Wednesday said Bangladesh will not relocate Rohingya people to Bashan Char, an island in Noakhali district, if all concerned think that will be a problem for them.
“We thought they’ll (Rohingya) live there better,” he told reporters mentioning that the government has made big arrangements for Rohingya people in Bashan Char.
The Foreign Minister was talking to reporters after jointly inaugurating ‘Demonstration and Introduction of STP (Set-Top) Boxes for Internet Protocol Television (IPTV)’ in Bangladesh Missions abroad with Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Minister Momen said the government had a plan to relocate around 100,000 Rohingyas to Bhashan Char on a voluntary basis in April next.
But, he said, they do not know now when it will take place amid various conditions placed by various international organizations. “The Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief is looking into the matter.”
The Foreign Minister said Bangladesh is hosting around 1.1 to 1.2 million Rohingya people in Cox’s Bazar district.
He said their fear is that there might be landslides during the coming monsoon causing casualties. “That’s why we tried to take 23,000 families or around 1 lakh Rohingya people to Bhasan Char.”
On March 25, the United Nations (UN) appreciated Bangladesh’s efforts to seek alternative locations for Rohingyas but sought clarification about the modalities of potential relocation of Rohingya people to Bhasan Char.
The government of Bangladesh has said it plans to relocate Rohingya people from Cox’s Bazar to Bhasan Char which could help “decongest” the overcrowded settlements in Cox’s Bazar.
Bangladesh is currently hosting over 1.1 million Rohingya people in Cox’s Bazar district and most of them arrived here since August 25, 2017.
“We’re seeking clarification about the modalities of any relocation, the living conditions that would be provided and the basic rights and services that refugees would be able to access if they decided to relocate to Bhasan Char,” said the UN in Bangladesh in a press statement on Monday.
The UN is also seeking clarification on issues of governance and access that the UN and partners would have to the island.
The UN’s position is to “engage constructively” with the government of Bangladesh on Bhasan Char.
“We’re discussing with the government the critical protection and operational issues that should be considered before any relocations take place in order to ensure that refugees would be able to live in safe and sustainable living conditions on Bhasan Char,” the statement reads.
The UN said the viability of any Rohingyas relocations to Bhasan Char and the possibility of establishing a humanitarian response operation on the island would require thorough assessments. including technical assessments of the island and careful planning.
“We’re also examining the potential operational implications of setting up a humanitarian response on Bhasan Char, including the requirements, time frames and costs involved in providing services,” reads the UN statement.
The UN considers that any relocation to Bhasan Char “must be on a voluntary basis.”
The UN said Rohingya people should have relevant, accurate and timely information on the project from the government, so they can make free and informed decisions.
The views and concerns of refugees must be heard and addressed as part of the consultative process, reads the statement on the potential relocation of Rohingyas by the government of Bangladesh to Bhasan Char.
Dhaka, Mar 27 (UNB) - Bangladesh is participatingin the prestigious ‘Fashion World Tokyo-2019’ at Tokyo Big Sight.
Thefair started on Wednesday and will continue until March 29, the embassy said in a statement.
Ambassador Rabab Fatima visited the Bangladesh pavilion and interacted with entrepreneurs.Thirteen apparel and leather companies from Bangladesh joined the exhibition.
The Bangladesh embassy, Ministry of Commerce (MoC), and Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) are providing support to the participating businesses.
A seminar on ‘Recent Developments of Bangladeshi Apparel Industry’ was organised by Bangladesh embassy in collaboration of MoC and EPB at the same venue.
It was supported by Japan External Trade Organization, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Japan-Bangladesh Committee for Commercial and Economic Co-operation of The Japan and Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Japan Textile Importers Association.
More than 130 buyers and representatives of Japanese companies took part in the seminar.
“Bangladesh is the second-largest garments exporter in the world, and Japan is our number one destination for garments products in Asia,” Ambassador Fatima said in her speech. “Knitwear is currently our number one export item to Japan.”
She said Bangladesh’s apparels grew by 34 percent in 2018 – the highest in Japanese market. The ambassador said the event was the “perfect business matching opportunity” for both Japanese buyers and Bangladeshi companies.
Director of Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry Yasujiro Miyake; Industrial Development Officer of UNIDOIkue Toshinaga; President of Maruhisa Co Ltd Masahiro Hiraishi;and Commercial Counsellor of the Embassy of Bangladesh Mohammad Hasan Arif also spoke at the seminar.